Phil Mickelson Issues Mea Culpa, Steps Away
In recent weeks, controversy has swirled around Phil Mickelson as he ramped up criticism of the PGA TOUR and flirted with the Saudi golf league (aka the Bonesaw Tour).
UPDATE: Phil and sponsor KPMG have parted ways.
I won’t go so far as to say he has besmirched his legacy, as some of his PGA TOUR peers have, but it has not been a good look.
A little while ago, Mickelson issued an apology of sorts, and says he will be stepping away from golf for a while.
“It was reckless, I offended people and I am deeply sorry for my choice of words. I’m beyond disappointed and will make every effort to self-reflect and learn from this.”
“These past 10 years I have felt the pressure and stress slowly affecting me at a deeper level. I now I have not been my best and desperately need some time away to prioritize the ones I love most and work on being the man I want to be.”
Mickelson’s full statement is in the copy of his tweets below. In it, he’s still supportive of the efforts of LIV Golf Investments to “create an updated and positive experience for everyone including players, sponsors, networks and fans.”
But for my part, I think anyone who really cares about other human beings would not get in bed with the Saudis.