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Jon Rahm is hoping that Phil Mickelson’s recent comments won’t tarnish his legacy

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Phil Mickelson is still in his self-imposed penalty box, while his agent Steve Loy said on Monday that Mickelson could well be close to returning. Whenever Mickelson tees it up again, among the many uncertainties surrounding the 51-year-old will be how he’ll be treated following his contentious words and alleged behavior. Jon Rahm is hoping for a positive response to that issue.

Talking to Golf Channel’s Todd Lewis prior to this week’s Mexico Open, Rahm believes Mickelson’s reputation will not be harmed by what he has said.

“That guy has given his life to golf,” Rahm said of Mickelson, “A lot of what we have, a lot of people don’t know, a lot of what we have and what we are competing for right now is because of [Phil]. A lot of people focus on Tiger, but [Mickelson] is easily one of the top 10 best players of all time. He is a Hall of Famer, and we should recognize him as that. He has given his life to the public. No one has signed more autographs, no one has done more for the fans”

“That guy has given his life to golf,” Rahm said of Mickelson, “A lot of what we have, a lot of people don’t know, a lot of what we have and what we are competing for right now is because of [Phil]. A lot of people focus on Tiger, but [Mickelson] is easily one of the top 10 best players of all time. He is a Hall of Famer, and we should recognize him as that. He has given his life to the public. No one has signed more autographs, no one has done more for the fans”

Rahm has a long history with Mickelson; he played for Phil’s brother Tim at Arizona State, and Phil was Rahm’s mentor when the Spaniard started on tour. Rahm is also represented by Loy, as previously stated. Furthermore, Rahm is not the first to defend Mickelson; in March, Rory McIlroy stated that the players “want to see [Phil] back.”

Despite this, Rahm advocated forgiveness for Mickelson, claiming that the path to reconciliation begins with Phil.

“Everyone makes mistakes and everything can be rectified. I believe that can happen,” Rahm said, “but it has to come from him as well.”

Mickelson is registered for both the PGA Championship and the US Open, according to Loy, who also stated that Mickelson has requested a release from the PGA Tour to compete in the first LIV Golf series event in London. “Phil currently has no concrete plans on when and where he will play.” Loy added.

“Any actions taken are in no way a reflection of a final decision made,” Loy said, “but rather to keep all options open.”

Original article posted on golf digest

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