Rory McIlroy apologizes to Phil Mickelson and hopes golf will ‘welcome him back’ to the PGA Tour | Golf News


Rory McIlroy on Phil Mickelson: “We should be allowed to make mistakes, and we should be allowed to ask for forgiveness and for people to forgive us and move on. Hopefully he comes back at some point, and he will, and people will welcome him back”

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Rory McIlroy has described Phil Mickelson as a ‘wonderful ambassador’ for golf

Rory McIlroy hopes Phil Mickelson will be back in golf and has called on the golfing world to forgive the six-time major champion for his comments on the PGA Tour and the Saudi-backed Golf League proposal.

Mickelson is currently taking a hiatus from competitive golf, following fallout from his claims that the PGA Tour is acting like a ‘dictatorship’ and that he was using the threat of a separatist Saudi golf league to ‘reshape’ the workings of the Tower.

The six-time overall winner apologized for his comments, which cost him the loss of several of his sponsors, but still insisted the way the sport was run had to change and praised the “visionaries ” with whom he had worked in the rival league.

Sky Sports' Jamie Weir says Mickelson's reputation is in tatters after his comments on the Saudi-backed separatist league plan and says his apology could be a face-saving attempt

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Sky Sports’ Jamie Weir says Mickelson’s reputation is in tatters after his comments on the Saudi-backed separatist league plan and says his apology could be a face-saving attempt

Sky Sports’ Jamie Weir says Mickelson’s reputation is in tatters after his comments on the Saudi-backed separatist league plan and says his apology could be a face-saving attempt

McIlroy previously called the comments “selfish and ignorant” with Mickelson widely criticized by the golfing community, although he told reporters ahead of the Arnold Palmer Invitational that he hopes people can “move on.” thing” of the situation.

“I think Phil was a wonderful ambassador for the game of golf and still is a wonderful ambassador for the game of golf,” McIlroy said. “It’s unfortunate that a few comments he thought he was making confidentially or off the record have come out – but this whole situation is unfortunate.

Brooks Koepka says we haven't heard the end of a Saudi-backed golf league proposal and someone will

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Brooks Koepka says we haven’t heard the end of Saudi-backed golf league proposal and someone will ‘sell out and go’

Brooks Koepka says we haven’t heard the end of Saudi-backed golf league proposal and someone will ‘sell out and go’

“Look, Phil will be back. I think the players want to see him again. He’s done a tremendous job for the game of golf and he’s represented the game of golf very, very well throughout his career.

“We all make mistakes. We all say things that we want to take back. No one is different in that regard. But we should be allowed to make mistakes, and we should be allowed to ask for forgiveness and what people forgive us and move on.” to.

Golf journalist Rex Hoggard says Mickelson's comments on the Saudi-backed tour have made it impossible for other players to walk away from the PGA Tour

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Golf journalist Rex Hoggard says Mickelson’s comments on the Saudi-backed tour have made it impossible for other players to walk away from the PGA Tour

Golf journalist Rex Hoggard says Mickelson’s comments on the Saudi-backed tour have made it impossible for other players to walk away from the PGA Tour

“I hope he comes back at some point, and he will, and people will welcome him back and be happy he’s back.”

McIlroy is among the pre-tournament favorites at Bay Hill, a venue where he won in 2018 and has posted top-10 finishes in each of his last five appearances.

McIlroy finished tied for 10th at the Arnold Palmer Invitational last year

McIlroy finished tied for 10th at the Arnold Palmer Invitational last year

“It’s one of those courses where I don’t feel like I have to do anything special to compete,” McIlroy said. “I can play into myself. You deal with the par-fives here. You play conservatively the rest of the way, especially the way the golf course here has been laid out for the past few years.

“You play for your pars and then you try to get birdies on the par-fives and some of the easier holes. If you keep doing that day in and day out, you’re going to end up at the top of the leaderboard. . That’s a course that has suited me since the first time I played here, and it’s just one of those courses that I like to come back to and feel like I can fight for.

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Woods win at PIP ‘as expected’

Tiger Woods hasn’t played in an official tournament in over a year, but he still beat Mickelson, McIlroy, Dustin Johnson and Jon Rahm to win the first Player Impact program and its $8 million top prize (6 million pounds).

The concept, which awarded $40m (£30m) to the top 10 finishers, was implemented in 2021 as a way to reward players who positively ‘move the needle’ and generate interest the most. more positive for the PGA Tour.

Golf journalist Rex Hoggard says Mickelson's comments on the Saudi-backed tour have made it impossible for other players to walk away from the PGA Tour

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Golf journalist Rex Hoggard says Mickelson’s comments on the Saudi-backed tour have made it impossible for other players to walk away from the PGA Tour

Golf journalist Rex Hoggard says Mickelson’s comments on the Saudi-backed tour have made it impossible for other players to walk away from the PGA Tour

McIlroy, who pocketed $3.5m (£2.6m) for finishing third in the standings, said: “You look at the 10 guys that are there, and those are the 10 guys that have been at the top of the game or have been at the top of the game for a long time.

“Everyone has seen the five metrics associated with it and how everyone ranked in those metrics. I feel like it’s a pretty self-explanatory system. That’s how the numbers came together. It’s definitely not something I check in every week to see where I’m at, but I think it went the way most of us expected.”

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