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Phil Mickelson: Joining Premier Golf League would be a ‘selfless act’

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Earlier this week, we saw the revival of the Premier Golf League, with several top pros reportedly offered in the region of $30-$50 million to join the breakaway tour.

One of those men who has received an offer is Phil Mickelson, and the 50-year-old has been speaking on the breakaway tour, which could begin as early as 2022, with Lefty describing the prospect as “very interesting”.

“It’s interesting. I think it’s very interesting. What’s interesting is the players would be giving up control of their schedule and then compete against each other 14 times or 15 times or whatever the final number is.”

The multiple major champion went as far as saying that joining the Saudi backed tour would be a “selfless act”, as players would be giving up the freedom of picking their schedule for the full benefit of the sport.

“We all make a lot of money and do very well and we control our own schedule and I don’t know if guys would be willing to do that. I think it would be a selfless act. Even though their schedules are being appreciated financially, it would take a lot to give up control of that even though the entire sport would benefit.

Even though the fans would love it and get to see the best guys play more often and there would be global events. Imagine all the best players having to go global what that would do for the game.”

The comments are on the other end of the scale to Rory McIlroy and Justin Thomas who both spoke about the proposed tour this week, with the former describing it as a “money grab”. JT similarly emphasized his desire to remain on the PGA Tour, stating that his ambition is to win majors.

The proposed league would feature a Formula 1 style format, with 40-48 players playing an 18-event schedule in tournaments worldwide for lucrative purses culminating with a season-ending team championship.

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Gianni is the Assistant Editor at GolfWRX. He can be contacted at [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @giannimosquito

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  1. BC

    May 7, 2021 at 5:29 pm

    I don’t think he is using the word “selfless” correctly. It literally means to be unselfish, so I don’t know how that relates to this situation.

  2. Des

    May 7, 2021 at 5:06 pm

    How is accepting $30 million a selfless act Phil ?

  3. Funkaholic

    May 7, 2021 at 11:18 am

    I wouldn’t mind seeing the PGA have to compete for these players. This wouldn’t have any effect on the masters

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Bryson: ‘If Brooks keeps talking about me, that’s great for the PIP fund’

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The Bryson DeChambeau-Brooks Koepka feud further escalated over the weekend, with Bryson suffering taunts of ‘Brooksy’ at the Memorial Tournament, much to the satisfcation of his rival.

Reports from Muirfield Village suggested that security were throwing out spectators who were shouting ‘Brooksy’ at DeChambeau, with the taunting captured on camera below.

 

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The news opened the floodgates for discussion on social media, with Koepka himself getting involved, posting a video showing his delight, even rewarding the fans who were removed from the course with free beer.

Speaking on the issue of fans shouting ‘Brooksy’ at him during events, Bryson explained that he’s happy to take the high road and allow security to do their job.

“I think that’s something that the Tour needs to handle. It’s something I can’t control. I tried to take the high road numerous times and I think that, from my perspective, I’ll continue to keep doing so and people are going to do what they want to do. So it is what it is.”

The 27-year-old also revealed that he believes that the sport is evolving and that due to the Tour’s new Player Impact Program, the more he is mentioned by his rival Koepka, the more he may benefit.

“From an integrity standpoint and an honour of the game standpoint, the game has always been played in a certain way. I think golf is changing, it’s evolving, so there’s going to come a time where it is going to be like this and if I’m the person to take the brunt of it and whatever, you know, great. 

I’m happy that there’s more conversations about me because of the PIP Fund. From my perspective, if he keeps talking about me, that’s great for the PIP Fund.”

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How much each player won at the 2021 Women’s U.S. Open

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Yuka Saso triumphed on a wild Sunday at Olympic Club, seeing off Nasa Hataoka in a playoff after a heartbreaking collapse from Lexi Thompson left the door open.

Along with her first major championship, Saso takes home over a million dollars in prize money, with Hataoka collecting the runner-up’s check for $594,000.

With a total prize purse of $3 million up for grabs, here’s a look at how much each player won at the 2021 Women’s U.S. Open.

1: Yuka Saso, -4, $1,000,000

2: Nasa Hataoka, -4, $594,000

3: Lexi Thompson, -3, $380,572

T4: Megan Khang, -2, $245,394

T4: Shanshan Feng, -2, $245,394

6: Angel Yin, E, $197,751

T7: Xiyu Lin, +1, $147,265

T7: Jin Young Ko, +1, $147,265

T7: Ariya Jutanugarn, +1, $147,265

T7: Brooke Henderson, +1, $147,265

T7: Inbee Park, +1, $147,265

T12: Amy Olson, +2, $108,180

T12: Jeongeun Lee6, +2, $108,180

T14: Celine Herbin, +3, $96,319

T14: Megha Ganne, +3, amateur

T16: Alison Lee, +4,$84,066

T16,Sei Young Kim, +4,$84,066

T16,Lucy Li, +4,$84,066

T16,Maja Stark., +4, amateur

T20: Madelene Sagstrom, +5, $72,197

T20: Hyojoo Kim, +5, $72,197

22: So Yeon Ryu, +6, $65,304

T23: Lizette Salas, +7, $57,416

T23: Emily Kristine Pedersen, +7, $57,416

T23: Jenny Shin, +7, $57,416

T26: Patty Tavatanakit, +8, $45,819

T26: Jennifer Kupcho, +8, $45,819

T26: In-Kyung Kim, +8, $45,819

T26: Marina Alex, +8, $45,819

T30: Jessica Korda, +9, $36,988

T30: Mina Harigae, +9, $36,988

T30: Matilda Castren, +9, $36,988

T30: Wichanee Meechai, +9, $36,988

T30: Lauren Stephenson, +9, $36,988

T35: Danielle Kang, +10, $29,074

T35: Jasmine Suwannapura, +10, $29,074

T35: Maria Parra, +10, $29,074

T35: Lydia Ko, +10, $29,074

T35: Rachel Heck, +10, Amateur

T35: Celine Boutier, +10, $29,074

T41: In Gee Chun, +11, $23,089

T41: Ally Ewing, +11, $23,089

T41: Ayako Uehara, +11, $23,089

T41: Stacy Lewis, +11, $23,089

T41: Gaby Lopez, +11, $23,089

T46: Mel Reid, +12, $18,494

T46: Brittany Altomare, +12, $18,494

T46: Yu Liu, +12, $18,494

T49: Leonie Harm, +13, $14,554

T49: Jenny Coleman, +13, $14,554

T49: Pernilla Lindberg, +13, $14,554

T49: Anna Nordqvist, +13, $14,554

T49: Carlota Ciganda, +13, $14,554

T54: Amy Yang, +14, $12,540

T54: Na Yeon Choi, +14, $12,540

T54: Minjee Lee, +14, $12,540

T57: Sarah Burnham, +15, $12,004

T57: Muni He, +15, $12,004

T57: Luna Sobron Galmes, +15, $12,004

T57: Austin Ernst, +15, $12,004

61: Giulia Molinaro,+16, $11,716

T62: Pajaree Anannarukarn, +17, $11,545

T62: Hannah Green, +17, $11,545

T64: Yealimi Noh, +18, $11,307

T64: Lee-Anne Pace,+18, $11,307

66: Gurleen Kaur, +21, Amateur

Players who miss the cut collect $4k.

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How much each player won at the 2021 Memorial Tournament

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Patrick Cantlay won the Memorial Tournament in dramatic fashion, seeing off Collin Morikawa in a playoff to capture the title and the winner’s check worth $1,674,000.

Morikawa missed a short putt to extend the playoff, but his solo runner-up finish earns the 24-year-old a payday of $1,013,700.

With a total prize purse of $9.3 million up for grabs, here’s a look at how much each player won at the 2021 Memorial Tournament.

1: Patrick Cantlay, -13, $1,674,000

2: Collin Morikawa, -13, $1,013,700

3: Scottie Scheffler, -11, $641,700

4: Brendan Grace, -10, $455,700

5: Patrick Reed, -8, $381,300

T6: Max Homa, 282/-6, $313,875

T6: Shane Lowry, 282/-6, $313,875

T6: Jimmy Walker, 282/-6, $313,875

T9: Si Woo Kim, 283/-5, $262,725

T9: Aaron Wise, 283/-5, $262,725

T11: Rickie Fowler, 284/-4, $225,525

T11: Xander Schauffele, 284/-4, $225,525

T13: Bo Hoag, 285/-3, $182,125

T13: Alex Noren, 285/-3, $182,125

T13: Kevin Streelman, 285/-3, $182,125

T16: Carlos Ortiz, 286/-2, $155,775

T16: Adam Scott, 286/-2, $155,775

T18: Bryson DeChambeau, 287/-1, $110,670

T18: Talor Gooch, 287/-1, $110,670

T18: Lucas Herbert, 287/-1, $110,670

T18: Rory McIlroy, 287/-1, $110,670

T18: Louis Oosthuizen, 287/-1, $110,670

T18: Antoine Rozner, 287/-1, $110,670

T18: Jordan Spieth, 287/-1, $110,670

T18: Vaughn Taylor, 287/-1, $110,670

T26: Jim Herman, 288/E, $67,890

T26: Chris Kirk, 288/E, $67,890

T26: Adam Long, 288/E, $67,890

T26: Cameron Tringale, 288/E, $67,890

T26: Danny Willett, 288/E, $67,890

T26: Xinjun Zhang, 288/E, $67,890

T32: Joel Dahmen, 289/+1, $53,103

T32: Tony Finau, 289/+1, $53,103

T32: Sung Kang, 289/+1, $53,103

T32: Robby Shelton, 289/+1, $53,103

T32: Sahith Theegala, 289/+1, $53,103

T37: Christiaan Bezuidenhout, 290/+2, $42,315

T37: Rafa Cabrera Bello, 290/+2, $42,315

T37: Jason Dufner, 290/+2, $42,315

T37: Lucas Glover, 290/+2, $42,315

T37: Brendan Steele, 290/+2, $42,315

T42: Mark Hubbard, 291/+3, $33,015

T42: Doc Redman, 291/+3, $33,015

T42: Kyle Stanley, 291/+3, $33,015

T42: Nick Taylor, 291/+3, $33,015

T42: Justin Thomas, 291/+3, $33,015

T47: Stewart Cink, 292/+4, $26,009

T47: Viktor Hovland, 292/+4, $26,009

T47: Harold Varner III, 292/+4, $26,009

T50: Sam Burns, 293/+5, $23,343

T50: Brandon Hagy, 293/+5, $23,343

T50: Troy Merritt, 293/+5, $23,343

T53: Corey Conners, 294/+6, $21,994.50

T53: Martin Laird, 294/+6, $21,994.50

T53: Charl Schwartzel, 294/+6, $21,994.50

T53: Brendon Todd, 294/+6, $21,994.50

T57: Charley Hoffman, 295/+7, $21,111

T57: Russell Knox, 295/+7, $21,111

T57: Marc Leishman, 295/+7, $21,111

T57: C.T. Pan, 295/+7, $21,111

T57: Tyler Strafaci, 295/+7, $21,111

T62: Hideki Matsuyama, 296/+8, $20,460

T62: Hudson Swafford, 296/+8, $20,460

64: Michael Thompson, 297/+9, $20,181

T65: K.H. Lee, 298/+10, $19,902

T65: J.T. Poston, 298/+10, $19,902

67: Billy Horschel, 301/+13, $19,623

68: Harry Higgs, 305/+17, $19,437

 

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