An excerpt from Alan Shipnuck‘s upcoming e book, “LIV and Let Die,” reveals that Tiger Woods had Phil Mickelson excluded from a personal dinner for Open Championship winners on the R&A clubhouse in 2022.
This incident occurred amid the rivalry between golfers related to the Saudi-backed LIV Golf league and people loyal to the PGA Tour.
“He talked to a handful of different [past champions] to get their blessing after which went to the R&A and informed them, principally, nobody wished Phil there and it will make the evening bizarre and awkward,” a person on the dinner stated.
“Whose facet have been they going to take: Tiger‘s or Phil‘s? That is a straightforward selection.”
Woods vs Mickelson
Woods reportedly determined to stop Mickelson, who had joined LIV Golf, from attending the gathering. Mickelson revealed that the R&A suggested him to not partake in previous champions’ occasions throughout a match week.
“The R&A contacted me a pair weeks earlier than and stated, ‘Look, we do not suppose it is an ideal concept you go, however if you wish to, you may,”’ Mickelson claimed on the time.
“I simply did not wish to make a giant deal about it, so I stated, ‘Wonderful.’ We each form of agreed that it will be greatest if I did not.”
Subsequently, the golf panorama noticed a serious shift with the announcement of the LIV Golf and PGA Tour merger in June. This deal is at present present process regulatory scrutiny, with different potential patrons for the PGA Tour rising, creating an unsure state of affairs.