Phil Mickelson returns to golf for the first Saudi-backed LIV event, which begins Thursday in London

After a four-month hiatus, Phil Mickelson Ready to return to competitive golf, albeit on a ‘new path’ and with a ‘fresh start’ in the LIV Golf Invitational Series.

Mickelson, a six-time major champion, was added to the field on Monday in the first LIV Golf event, which is set to begin Thursday at the Centurion Club outside London. in A statement posted on his Twitter account on MondayMickelson said he still plans to play in the majors, but did not say if he would compete in the PGA Tour events.

Mickelson said he plans to play in the US Open, which begins on June 16 at The Country Club in Brooklyn, Massachusetts.

“I am looking forward to playing the US Open and I will be there,” Mickelson told Sports Illustrated on Monday. “I understand that I can play.”

Mickelson, 51, has not played since he missed the Farmers Insurance Open in January. He skipped the Masters and PGA Championship, an event he won last year. He’s taken time away from golf after his controversial comments about the “hateful greed” of the PGA Tour, and LIV Golf’s funders in Saudi Arabia, caused a firestorm. Mickelson said he is feeling well and “more at peace” after his “participation and intentionality” in the ongoing treatment.

“I am ready to go back and play the game I love, but after 32 years this new path is a fresh start, an exciting path for me at this point in my career and obviously transformative, not just for me, but ideally for me and my teammates.” Michelson Books.

“I also like the progressive format and think it will be exciting for the fans. More importantly, it will provide balance, allowing me to focus on a healthier approach to life on and off the court. I am so grateful for what this game has given me on the PGA Tour. I like to think that I have I gave the favour, too, but now I’m excited about this new opportunity.”

Mickelson joins a 48-player stadium in London that also features two-time main winners Dustin Johnson And the Martin Kaymerplus four other major winners: Sergio Garcia (Masters 2017), Charles Schwarzl (2011 master’s degree), Graeme McDowell (2010 US Open) and Louis Oosthuizen (2010 Open Championship).

“Phil Mickelson is without doubt one of the greatest golfers of this generation,” LIV Golf CEO Greg Norman said in a statement. “His contributions to the sport and his outreach to fans around the world cannot be overstated and we are grateful to have him. He fosters an exciting field in London as we are proud to launch a new era of golf.”

Mickelson, one of the most famous players of his generation, has already paid a heavy price for his controversial comments. Several of his old sponsors, including Amstel Light, KPMG, and Workday, ended their relationships with him. Callaway, who signed Mickelson on an equipment deal until the end of his career, temporarily suspended her relationship with him.

Mickelson has apologized for comments he made to author Alan Shipnock, who was writing an unauthorized biography of the player popularly known as “Lefty”. During the conversation, which Shipnuck said took place in November, Mickelson said he was working with players to hire lawyers to set operating agreements for the new circuit, which is funded by the Saudi Public Investment Fund.

“They are scary moms to get involved with,” Mickelson told Shipnuck. “… were killed [Washington Post reporter and U.S. resident Jamal] Khashoggi has an appalling human rights record. They execute people there for being gay. Knowing all this, why am I even thinking about it? Because this is a once in a lifetime opportunity to reshape how the PGA Tour works.”

Mickelson apologized for the comments again on Monday.

“First of all, I would like to apologize once again to the many people I offended and offended with my comments a few months ago,” Michelson wrote. “I’ve made mistakes in my career in some of the things I said and did. Taking time and self-reflection has been very humbling. I need to start prioritizing the people I love the most and work on becoming a better version of myself.”

While many stars like tiger woodAnd the Rory McIlroyAnd the Justin Thomas And the Jordan Spieth Pledge allegiance to the PGA Tour, Mickelson and 13 others are moving to the new Norman Circuit.

On May 11, the PGA Tour denied releasing the conflicting events for players who had asked them to play in London. Tours commissioner Jay Monahan told players’ agents at Memorial last week in Columbus, Ohio, that players have to choose between the Tour and LIV Golf and cannot play both tracks. Monahan threatened players who competed in London without release with discipline, including fines, suspensions and/or bans.

On Saturday, the longtime PGA Tour member Kevin Na, who is also competing in London, quit the Tour rather than face potential discipline or legal action. Garcia, Schwarzl, Oosthuizen and Branden Grace have also resigned from the tour, their manager told The Associated Press on Monday.

LIV Golf offers amazing portfolios – total prize money of $255 million this year, including $25 million for each of the seven regular season tournaments – and is the richest in professional golf. The eight-event LIV series will feature five tournaments being played in the United States, including the Team Championship Final at Trump Doral in Miami from October 28-30. The Golf Club in Portland, Oregon.