Phil Mickelson takes a sneaky hit at the PGA Tour

May 22, 2021; Kiawah Island, South Carolina, USA; Phil Mickelson reacts on the first green during the third round of the PGA Championship golf tournament. Mandatory Credit: David Yeazell – USA TODAY Sports

Phil Mickelson has made himself one of the PGA Tour’s biggest enemies over the past few months, and the six-time major champion still seems to relish that role.

Mickelson competed in the LIV Golf event at The International in Bolton, Mass., over the weekend. The tournament featured a thrilling ending, with Dustin Johnson draining a long eagle putt on the first playoff hole to beat Anirban Lahiri and Joaquin Niemann. Mickelson finished tied for 40th and still took home $134,000.

After the tournament, Mickelson spoke to the media about how good LIV has been for the fans and good for all professional golfers. He then took a job at the PGA Tour and said they had “magically found” a stack of fresh cash.

The PGA Tour recently announced sweeping changes that will take effect next season. Many of them offer PGA Tour golfers the opportunity to earn much more money than before. This is obviously a direct response to so many gamers chasing the money and leaving for LIV. Mickelson’s point, which is correct, is that the PGA Tour probably would have kept a lot of that money if LIV had never come.

Several of golf’s biggest names have left the PGA Tour to sign with LIV. Money is clearly the biggest draw, although other reasons have also been cited.