Phil Mickelson will no longer be part of ‘The Match’, the event producer and longtime friend has confirmed after the six-time Major champion defected to Saudi-backed LIV Golf
Phil Mickelson will no longer compete in the famous match-play golf event he helped create.
The six-time major champion is an integral part of ‘The Match’ and has competed in the high-stakes event four times.
But according to the event’s executive producer Bryan Zuriff, Mickelson will not be participating in the event in the future due to his departure from LIV Golf.
Phil Mickelson will not be part of the group behind ‘The Match’ after he signed a PGA Tour deal
Mickelson has competed in four editions of ‘The Match’ in the past – last competing in 2021
The event is not owned or operated by the PGA Tour but has allegiance to the world’s largest tour.
‘I love Phil and he’s been an incredible part of it. But he knows, you know,’ Zuriff told GOLF Magazine. ‘He went where he went, and we connected on the PGA Tour. So I mean, it’s a PGA Tour event.’
Mickelson was once one of the most popular golfers on the PGA Tour with his charismatic personality and charm among competitors and fans alike.
However, since his move to LIV Golf, The Match is going in a different direction and is looking for a new big name to attract and audience.
This year’s event features a match play event between teammates Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy against Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas
‘Unfortunately, he left the Tour, and that’s unfortunate for doing something like this,’ said Zuriff.
The Match – broadcast on Turner Sports – is usually one of the most watched golf events of the calendar year.
‘The Match’ in 2022 will feature Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas
It has previously featured big name athletes such as Tom Brady, Charles Barkley, Steph Curry, Aaron Rodgers, Josh Allen, Patrick Mahomes, and Peyton Manning. Turner puts very little money in the form of overhead costs and it is easy to sell to advertisers.
‘I look at The Match saying “we do one event a day for less than LIV spends in a year, and more people watch us than watch them,” Zuriff said. ‘I think we’re pretty smart with our business plan.’
‘It’s just annoying because he’s been a good partner for so long. But that was a choice he made.
‘He understands that when you make those choices, some things are sacrificed. And this is one of the things that was sacrificed.’