The (weird) angry backlash against Phil Mickelson | Opinion

Phil Mickelson waits to hit on the 16th hole during the first round of the U.S. Open golf tournament at The Country Club, Thursday, June 16, 2022, in Brookline, Mass.

Julio Cortez, Associated Press

So Phil Mickelson, at the age of 52, chooses a guaranteed $200 million payday to sign with the new LIV league — and he is treated like Aldrich Ames.

Fellow players have questioned or criticized the move. The media and social media reacted as if Mickelson’s LIV jump were a personal affront or as if loyalty to the PGA Tour was akin to patriotism. PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan suspended the LIV players and said it was an “unfortunate week that was created by some unfortunate decisions.” Hours and hours of commentary have been devoted to the subject.

Suddenly, Lefty, the most visible (and highest paid) of the players to defect to the LIV, is the worst thing to happen to golf since a fire hydrant and a tree jumped in front of Tiger Woods’ SUV.

Over the weekend, Mickelson played in the U.S. Open and shot 11 over through 36 holes just days after playing in the inaugural LIV tournament, where he finished 34th. Nothing went right. One of his shots hit a fan. He failed to make the cut. He’s had better weeks.

“Mickelson ripped for missing cut at U.S. Open,” read the headline on several news outlets (“ripped” was the favored verb of several outlets).

Social media cheered his flop.

“Did anyone tell Lefty there is actually a cut in (the) tournament?” read one Instagram post, referring to …read more

Source:: Deseret News – Sports News


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