Thomas on Mickelson: “He’s obviously very passionate and very committed in certain ways and made it very vocal. At this point, as much as I hate to say it, that’s his problem and not ours.”
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Justin Thomas says the PGA Tour is only getting better, but refuses to be drawn in by Phil Mickelson’s comments on the Saudi-backed golf league proposal.
Justin Thomas has questioned whether Phil Mickelson can regain his reputation in the sport after his explosive comments about the PGA Tour and the Saudi Golf League draft.
The six-time champion accused the PGA Tour of acting like a ‘dictatorship’ and admitted he was using the threat of a breakaway to ‘reshape’ the way the Tour works, with Rory McIlroy taking aim at the ‘naive, selfish, selfish , ignorant comments”.
Mickelson apologized for his “reckless” comments on Tuesday and said he would take a break from golf, but still insisted the way the sport is run needs to change and praised the “visionaries ” with whom he had worked in the rival league.
Golf journalist Rex Hoggard says Phil Mickelson’s comments about the Saudi-backed tour made it impossible for other players to walk away from the PGA Tour.
When asked if Mickelson’s reputation had been damaged by his comments on the breakaway circuit and the PGA Tour, Thomas said Sky Sports News“I don’t know, I guess it depends on who you ask. The things he said, he said and the way he feels, he feels.
“He’s obviously very passionate and very committed in certain ways and made it very vocal. At this point, as much as I hate to say it, that’s his problem and not ours.
Golf writer Doug Ferguson joins Nick Dougherty to discuss the proposed Saudi Golf League and whether it will pose a threat to the PGA Tour.
“I think what he’s done and said speaks for itself. I’m not really worried about what he’s doing. He’s at a very different stage of his career than mine. I’m just focused about what I’m doing. and not being engrossed in some of the things he’s up to.”
“The PGA Tour only gets better”
Rory McIlroy said the potential league was “dead in the water” on Sunday after Dustin Johnson and Bryson DeChambeau joined Tiger Woods, Jon Rahm, Collin Morikawa and Brooks Koepka in pledging their PGA Tour futures.
Rory McIlroy says Saudi Arabia’s proposed golf league is “dead in the water” after Dustin Johnson and Bryson DeChambeau signed up for the PGA Tour.
Thomas has also ruled himself out on joining the SGL, saying he wants to “create a legacy” on the PGA Tour, with the former world No. 1 praising the work being done to improve what the Tour offers.
“The Tour is doing an amazing job trying to improve their product for all of us players and everything in general,” Thomas said. “Guys are allowed to feel a certain way and it’s not like everyone has to go the same way.
Brooks Koepka says we haven’t heard the end of a Saudi-backed golf league proposal and someone is going to ‘sell themselves and go’.
“Guys play golf for different reasons, they’re at different stages in their careers and no one is wrong to think what they think. At the end of the day, I know where I and a lot of people are at. We love it. this here on the PGA Tour and I don’t want anything else.
“If other people want to go their own way, keep going. They don’t need to drag it around and take the Tour down with them, because the Tour is doing well and it’s only getting better.”