Phil Mickelson Oct 28, 2022; Miami, Florida, USA; Phil Mickelson walks up the fairway of the first hole during the first round of the season finale of the LIV Golf series at Trump National Doral. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

When LIV Golf first began targeting PGA Tour stars to defect over to the new Saudi-backed league, golf superstar Phil Mickelson was one of the first big names to jump ship and join the new league with after promises of a massive cash payment. And it’s safe to say he does not regret that decision.

LIV Golf gets plenty of hate from the golf community, but Phil Mickelson defended the Saudi-backed tour this week, claiming it was the best way to prepare for golf’s major championships.

“Love LIV or hate it, it’s the best way/Tour to be your best in the majors. Enough events to keep you sharp, fresh and ready, yet not be worn down from too many tournaments or obligations. 14 LIV events, 34 weeks left open to prepare for the 4 majors. Fact,” Phil Mickelson said in a tweet.

It’s a pretty bold claim, and the golf world had plenty to say about it on social media with plenty pointing out that while this may technically be true, eventually most LIV Golf athletes won’t have enough OWGR points to be eligible for major tournaments.

Mickelson himself has seen some success at major tournaments since joining LIV, finishing in second at this year’s Masters. Additionally, fellow LIV Golfer Brookes Koepka became the first LIV Golf athlete to win a major championship this weekend when he claimed victory at the 105th PGA Championship at Oak Hill Country Club on Sunday.

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