PHOTO FILE: February 18, 2022; Pacific Palisades, California, USA; Rory McIlroy hits from the fourth tee in round two of the Genesis Invitational golf tournament. Required credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports / File Photo
March 2, 2022
(Reuters) – Rory McIlroy on Wednesday said golfer Phil Mickelson is taking a break from the game amid frustration over comments he made regarding the Super Golf League and the Saudi-led PGA Tour. conflict, deserves another chance.
An author of an upcoming unauthorized biography of Mickelson recently released excerpts from the book where the golfer calls the Saudis “scary” but says he’s willing to take a look at the lake. their human rights record to gain leverage with the PGA Tour.
The Saudi government has denied allegations of human rights violations.
Mickelson has apologized for the comments, which he insists are off-record, but the six-time major champion and fan-favorite has long found himself isolated and losing several sponsors.
“Phil has been a great ambassador for the game of golf, remains a great ambassador for the game of golf,” McIlroy told reporters at Bay Hill in Orlando, Florida, ahead of this week’s Arnold Palmer Invitational.
“Unfortunately some of the comments he thought he was making confidently or unsuccessfully came out and – were not used against him, but the whole situation is worth it. regret.”
No golfers have publicly signed up for the proposed competitor tournament, which is trying to lure top players away from the PGA Tour with the promise of huge salaries.
Northern Irishman McIlroy, one of many big-name players to have skipped the Super Golf League, said he fully looks forward to seeing Mickelson back.
McIlroy said: “Listen, Phil will be back. “I think the players want to see him back. He’s done a great job on the game of golf, and he’s represented the game very, very well throughout his career. ”
World number five McIlroy said everyone makes mistakes and he hopes to see Mickelson, 51, back on tour.
“We all said things we wanted to take back. No one is different in that regard,” said McIlroy, a four-time major league champion.
“But we should be allowed to make mistakes, and we should be allowed to ask forgiveness and let people forgive us and move on. Hopefully he’ll come back at some point, and he will, and people will welcome him back and be glad he’s back.”
(Reporting by Frank Pingue in Toronto; Editing by Toby Davis)
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