Was Phil Mickelson right all along!? Xander Shaveli reacts…

These days it’s fair to say that Phil Mickelson, the actual face of the LIV Golf Invitational Series, looks a little different in media appearances.

In the past, he had absolutely no problem tearing a ruling body to shreds or giving his opinion on any particular subject.

He was a larger than life figure. Now, he’s taking a very thoughtful approach not to say anything controversial. At least, in this writer’s opinion, we have a diluted elephant.

Perhaps this is because there is a trial looming. But also, this may be the result of the treatment that he has to work on – in his words – his “deficiencies”.

However, he managed to get into this inaccurate pit recently.

There is absolutely no denying that LIV Golf has caused more than one ripple in the golf world. Money is clearly one of the most important talking points in this entire story. Perhaps the only talking point is fairness.

Mickelson clearly thought the players were short-changed. In his now-famous notes to Alan Shipnuck of The Fire Pit Collective, he said he believed the tour was illegally holding players’ money when talking about their reserves.

Aside from a huge TV deal, PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan acknowledged that some of the bumper prize money will be taken from their reserves.

Which begs the question, was Mickelson right?

Xander Schauffele recently joined the Golf’s Drop Zone podcast where he gave his opinion on Lefty. The 28-year-old American has been widely associated with moving to LIV. But for now at least, it looks like it will stay in place.

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The podcast said:

“I think the last articles came out, where people were like, OK, he wasn’t too far off, he just said some hateful things.

“It’s unfortunate that he wasn’t able to get his point across or his point was taken rather aggressively. Not out of context, but without him really knowing. It’s kind of every player’s nightmare, I think – which is why we’re so scared to talk to you guys “.

He continued, “He said what he said, in terms of feeling bad for him, it’s tough. But at the same time, whether he’s emotional behind closed doors, that’s one thing.

“He knew it was going to take something drastic, and he had to choose which side of the fence he wanted to be on.

“He’s been a staple of the PGA Tour and has been such a staple of our golf game, it’s…I don’t hold anything against it or think of it very differently. No matter what people have written about it.

“The main points he’s been trying to make, and what he really wants to see, you know, we’re probably living through right now on the PGA Tour.

“It’s a pity that he’s not a part of that, because that’s what he wanted so badly.”

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