Phil Mickelson will play within the LIV Collection opener in St Albans this week, marking his return to golf after 5 months.
Mickelson has not performed a aggressive spherical of golf since February, following the publication of feedback the place he criticised the Saudi regime.
However he has now been confirmed among the many 48-man subject for this week’s curtain-raiser at Centurion Membership in St Albans.
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“Phil Mickelson is unequivocally one of many biggest golfers of this era,” mentioned LIV chief govt Greg Norman.
“His contributions to the game and connection to followers across the globe can’t be overstated and we’re grateful to have him. He strengthens an thrilling subject for London the place we’re proud to launch a brand new period for golf.
“Our Worldwide Collection qualifiers have earned an unimaginable alternative to compete in LIV Golf’s new format, and I’m keen to observe all of them tee it up subsequent week.
“It is a once-in-a-lifetime alternative for a lot of of them, and that has been a driving power behind our mission at LIV – creating participant pathways and new alternatives to play the sport all of us love.”
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Mickelson’s participation within the controversial insurgent league had been uncertain after quotes had been revealed the place he admitted utilizing the scheme for “leverage” over the PGA Tour, whereas he additionally criticised the Saudi authorities – the primary monetary backers of the LIV Collection.
The 51-year-old has not performed since asserting he would take a break from the sport within the wake of the scandal.
— Phil Mickelson (@PhilMickelson) June 6, 2022
In a press release posted on social media, Mickelson reiterated the apology he revealed in February, and spoke of a “recent begin”.
He additionally introduced his intention to play within the majors, and paid tribute to the PGA Tour.
“I’ve been engaged and intentional in continued remedy and really feel wholesome and far more at peace,” he added.
“I realise I nonetheless have a protracted method to go, however I’m embracing the work forward.”