Rory McIlroy Obliterates Phil Mickelson for ‘Egotistical’ Saudi Golf League Comments

Rory McIlroy has addressed Phil Mickelson’s comments about the Saudi golf league saying that he does not wish to get involved in a “silly” debate.

Rory McIlroy has won the PGA Championship for a second time in three years. The Northern Irishman obliterated Phil Mickelson by six strokes, claiming his first major since 2013.

Over the last three days, Phil Mickelson has been the buzz of the golf world, and with good reason. The six-time major champion recently made some stunning remarks regarding the upstart Saudi Golf League, which has been seeking to steal PGA Tour players with big signing bonuses and other enticements.

Mickelson’s remarks drew vehement rebuke from other PGA Tour professionals, with Rory McIlroy being the latest to tear Lefty to shreds.

Working with the Saudis, according to Phil Mickelson:

“They put homosexual people to death over there.” Why would I ever contemplate it knowing all of this? Because this is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to change the way the PGA Tour works.”

— Aaron Blake (@AaronBlake) February 18, 2022

Former professional golfer Greg Norman is spearheading a new Saudi-funded golf league that has been reaching out to the PGA Tour’s greatest names in an attempt to entice them away. Although several well-known players have spoken out against the so-called “Super Golf League,” Mickelson has confessed that he is fascinated by the concept.

Mickelson made some strange statements on the controversial league when meeting with author Alan Shipnuck (through “The Firepit Collective” website).

Mickelson described them as “terrifying motherf****** to be involved with.” “We know they murdered [Washington Post writer Jamal] Khashoggi and have a dismal human rights record. People are executed for being homosexual in that country. Why would I ever contemplate it knowing all of this? Because this is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to change the way the PGA Tour works.

“Because we, the participants, had no redress, they were able to get away with manipulative, coercive, strong-arm techniques.” Even though [PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan] seems to be a good man, unless you have leverage, he will not do what is right. And it is because to Saudi money that we now have that leverage. I’m not sure I want [the Saudi golf league] to flourish, but the fact that it exists allows us to get things done with the [PGA] Tour.”

Mickelson’s remarks, to put it mildly, did not go down well with his PGA Tour peers.

Mickelson is obliterated by Rory McIlroy.

Rory McIlroy rips Phil Mickelson.

Rory McIlroy rips Phil Mickelson. During the first round of the 2020 ZOZO Championship, Rory McIlroy and Phil Mickelson tee off | Harry How/Getty Images

PGA Tour golfers were compelled to answer questions regarding the Saudi Golf League at this weekend’s Genesis Invitational at Riviera Country Club. The most of them were emphatic that they would not be quitting the Tour, but McIlroy went even farther and attacked Mickelson.

“Obviously, I don’t want to kick someone when they’re down,” McIlroy said after his final round on Sunday. “But I felt [his words] were foolish, selfish, arrogant, uneducated.” “There aren’t enough words to describe his interaction with Shipnuck. It was both surprised and disappointing, as well as sad.

“I’m sure he’s at home considering his situation and where he wants to go from here.”

Mickelson may not be the most popular player on the PGA Tour in the future.

“This is the finest golf course in the world.”

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Although the Saudi Golf League may be able to persuade a few players to abandon the PGA Tour, McIlroy will not be one of them.

“Like I’ve always said, if you’re a top professional golfer, I believe this is the ideal environment to play golf,” McIlroy said. “Perhaps I’ve been lucky in that I’ve had greater access to the inner workings of the Tour, and I’ve been more active and have a strong connection with the PGA Tour leadership team, Jay [Monahan], Andy Pazder, Ross Berlin, and the like. I’m always quite sure that the Tour is moving in the correct path when I walk out of a meeting or any other engagement with them.”

The “Super Golf League” may need to boost its bribery if it hopes to steal any success from golf’s elite league, based on the unified front put up by the best players on Tour this weekend.

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What did Phil Mickelson say about the Saudi?

A: Phil Mickelson said he was disappointed with the Saudis decision to deny women from playing in golf tournaments.

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