2022 – US Open: Rebel Liv Mickelson has ‘sympathy and sympathy’ for 9/11 victims

Phil Mickelson faced the US media for the first time in four months at the start of the US Open week
events:16-19 June place: Brooklyn Country Club, Massachusetts
Coverage: Live radio broadcasts and text commentary throughout the four days on BBC Sport and Radio 5 Sports Extra

Phil Mickelson expressed his “sympathy” to the families who lost loved ones in the September 11 terrorist attacks as he faced another uncomfortable press conference after attending a Golf Leaf tour funded by Saudi Arabia.

The six-time main winner is in Boston this week for the US Open.

A group representing victims’ families and survivors accused Mickelson and other American players of sports laundering and treason against their country.

“I have the deepest sympathy and sympathy for her,” he said.

9/11 terrorist attacks Nearly 3,000 people were killed in the United States in 2001, and according to a document declassified by the FBI, 15 of the 19 hijackers in the attack were Saudi nationals.

Terry Strada, National President of 911familiesunited.org, wrote a letter criticizing the American players who joined the LIV Tour of golf.

In addition to Mickelson, she was also sent to Kevin Na, who played in the first LIV golf event near London last week, as well as Bryson DeChambeau and Patrick Reed, who are both signed up to play in at least the seven remaining 2022 events to participate.

When Mickelson was asked about it, looking uneasy as if he was asking questions at the Centurion Club, he said: “I was going to tell the Strada family, I would tell anyone who lost loved ones and friends on 9/11 that I feel deep, deep sympathy for them.

“I can’t stress that enough.”

When Mickelson was asked if he would respond to the letter privately, he repeated his previous response.

Strada, a mother of three whose husband Tom died in the attack on the North Tower of the World Trade Center in New York, told the press, “Phil knows exactly what he’s doing and he and his colleagues at LIV should be ashamed.

“You are helping the Saudi regime to launder its reputation for tens of millions of dollars, while our government is providing further compelling evidence of Saudi responsibility for the 9/11 attacks.”

As a commissioner for the PGA Tour [Jay Monahan] “You have to live under a rock,” he said Sunday, “not to understand what it means to engage with the Saudis.”

The LIV Golf Series of eight events in 2022 is worth US$250 million, with funds coming from the Public Investment Fund (PIF) of Saudi Arabia.

Disney, Uber, Facebook and Starbucks are among the companies that have received hundreds of millions of pounds from the Public Investment Fund, which also owns 80% of English Premier League club Newcastle United.

The Public Investment Fund is headed by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, son of the King of Saudi Arabia. The Crown Prince, 36, better known as MBS, heads the government. He was charged with and denied any involvement in the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who had criticized the Saudi government.

A 2019 UN report said the “state of Saudi Arabia” was responsible for Khashoggi’s murder. The government of Saudi Arabia has long denied this.

“I want to make new memories”

Mickelson, who turns 52, confirmed Thursday that unlike others, he will not quit the PGA Tour due to the fallout from the Rebel Tour.

Dustin Johnson, Sergio Garcia, Lee Westwood and Graeme McDowell were among those who resigned their membership before the PGA Tour Commissioner Monahan issued a warrant last Thursday suspending those who played in the LIV series of golf.

“I’d rather be able to choose which path I want,” Mickelson said.

“I have given back as much as I can to the PGA Tour and golf in my 30 years here, and my accomplishments on the court have earned me a lifetime membership.

“I intend to keep that and then decide which events to practice and which not.”

However, Monahan appears unwilling to negotiate, describing LIV as a “series of show fights” when interviewed during Sunday’s television coverage of the Canadian Open.

When asked why players can’t play both the PGA Tour and LIV events, he replied, “I think I’ll answer the question by asking one question, ‘Why do they need us so badly?'” “

“These players chose to sign lucrative multi-year deals to play the same players over and over again.

“Real competition creates the image of the best players in the world. In protecting our loyal members, we cannot allow this to happen [LIV Golf] players to get rid of him.”

The USGA is pleased to see the Rebels play at the US Open

Mickelson has won $95m (£78m) on the PGA Tour since turning professional 30 years ago, although he estimates the amount he has made from the game tenfold if sponsors and endorsements are taken into account.

Speaking at the inaugural LIV golf event at the Centurion Club in north London last week, he did not deny rumors that he received $200 million in entry fees to get into the fledgling series.

While the PGA Tour voted to suspend the players participating in the LIV, the American Golf Association, which hosts the US Open, welcomed the rebels.

In a statement issued last Tuesday, the organization said: “We are proud to be the most open tournament in the world and the players who have been given the right to compete in this year’s tournament, whether by exception or by qualifying as well, will have the opportunity to do so.”

Meanwhile, Mickelson dashed his hopes of overtaking his record by six second places after finishing 10 times above par in the LIV event at the Centurion Club, his first since February.

“It’s the hardest test in golf,” said Mickelson, who needs to win the US Open to become the sixth player to complete a grand slam and win all four.

“It was important to me to play some competitive golf last week. It was one of the worst bowling tournaments I’ve had in years.

“It looks like it’s going to be a tough test for golf and that’s what this tournament is all about.”

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