Phil Mickelson

Golf legend Phil Mickelson was one of the earlier big-name stars to move from the PGA Tour to the LIV Golf circuit when the Saudi-backed golf league began luring the world’s top golfers with lucrative guaranteed-money contracts. Mickelson was also one of the eleven golfers to join an anti-trust suit against the PGA Tour – but he’s considering removing his name.

Speaking to reporters ahead of this weekend’s LIV Golf Invitational Chicago, Mickelson revealed that he could remove his name from the suit because he doesn’t feel it necessary to be involved after LIV Golf joined the suit itself last month.

“Now that LIV is involved, it’s not necessary for me to be involved,” Mickelson said, according to Reuters. “I currently still am. I don’t know what I’m going to do, really.”

The only reason to stay in the suit at this point, Mickelson said, is for money. And Mickelson said monetary damages were never the reason why he joined the suit in the first place.

“The only reason for me to stay in is (monetary) damages, which I don’t really want or need anything. I do think it’s important that the players have the right to play when and where they want, when and where they qualify for. And now that LIV is a part of it, that will be accomplished if and when they win.”

Mickelson wouldn’t be the first to drop out of the suit. Last month, Pat Perez dropped out of the suit, saying he “didn’t think it through.” Additionally, Jason Kokrak, Carlos Ortiz and Abraham Ancer have removed their names from the suit.

[Reuters]