Phil Mickelson is “making stuff up”, according to a PGA Tour insider speaking on the condition of anonymity to Golf.com.
Last week, Mickelson’s remarks sent shockwaves through the golf world. He claims there will be more.
“I don’t know where things are headed, but I know I will be criticized,” Mickelson told Golf Digest.
“The media rights are but a small fraction of everything else. And it is the Tour’s obnoxious greed that has really opened the door for opportunities elsewhere.”
The PGA Tour didn’t immediately, however it is probable that his remarks piqued their interest.
His fellow pro golfers faced questions about the comments. Viktor Hovland and Jon Rahm were both adamant about not getting involved.
Despite the fact that Rahm still respects and supports Mickelson as a buddy, he does not agree with all he says.
Brooks Koepka, on the other hand, made an intriguing comment about Mickelson on Instagram.
Then he shut down questions about it this week ahead of the WM Phoenix Open. “I said what I said,” Koepka told the media.
Now the PGA Tour appear to have responded.
That insider told Golf: “I’ve never seen anybody be really interested in how we generate the money. There’s some conversation about it now because, you know, Phil’s making stuff up that’s just not true. But in general, they’re happy that there’s a lot of money that comes from it.”
What Phil Mickelson said about the Super Golf League concept:
“I think everybody is looking at it and seeing parts of it that can really help and benefit their situation, their life, their career, and then there’s parts of it that they’re probably concerned with.
“I’m appreciative of the fact that there is competition, and that leverage has allowed for a much better environment on the PGA Tour, meaning we would not have an incentive programme like the PIP for the top players without this type of competition.
“We would not have the increase in the FedExCup money. We would not have the increase in The Players Championship to $20million this year if it wasn’t for this threat.
“It was projected to get there in a couple years. To have a season-long payout for the top 10 guys on the FedExCup list came about last year for the first time at 10 million, it’s going to double to 20, I think, and that wouldn’t be around.
“I’m appreciative of the competition, and what my hopes are is that the biggest thing, which are media rights and the way the players have been used for so long, I hope that that changes through the competitive opportunity, as well.”
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