The six-time major champion was a co-owner of ‘The Match’ and competed in the high-stakes event four times. But according to the event’s executive producer Bryan Zuriff, Mickelson will not be involved in the event in the future.

‘Unfortunately, he left the Tour, and that’s unfortunate for doing something like this,’ Zuriff said. The Match broadcasted on Turner Sports – is routinely one of the most watched golf events in the calendar year. 

‘I love Phil and he’s been an incredible part of this. But he knows, you know,’ Zuriff told GOLF Magazine. ‘He went where he went, and we’re connected with the PGA Tour. So I mean, this is a PGA Tour event.’ Mickelson was once one of the most popular golfers on the PGA Tour with his charismatic personality and charm with fellow competitors and fans alike.

It’s previously featured big name athletes like Tom Brady, Charles Barkley, Steph Curry, Aaron Rodgers, Josh Allen, Patrick Mahomes, and Peyton Manning. Turner puts very little money up front in the form of overhead costs and it’s an easy sell to advertisers.

‘It’s just a bummer because he’s just been a great partner for so long. But that’s a choice that he made. ‘He understands that when you make those choices, certain things get sacrificed. And this is one of the things that got sacrificed.’ 

‘I look at The Match as saying ‘we’re doing an event in one day that costs a lot less than what LIV’s spending in a year, and more people watch us than watch them,’ Zuriff said. ‘I think we’re pretty smart in our business plan.’


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