On Thursday, the Professional Golf Association (PGA) Tour suspended some of the best golfers in the world including Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson, and 15 others who joined the Saudi-backed LIV Golf Invitational Series that offers USD 25 million in prizes.
The Saudi-backed event is currently underway in London, at the Centurion Club in St Albans.
Six-time major champion Mickelson joined a growing number of stars being lured away from the PGA by the enormous prize money as well as the prospect of a new prestigious golf tournament.
There has been criticism because the breakaway tour is being bankrolled by the Saudi regime accused of appalling human rights abuses, including the brutal murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan has repeatedly threatened a lifetime ban for players participating in the Saudi-backed events.
Phil Mickelson was repeatedly grilled about joining the Saudi-backed tournament. The golfer posted a statement on social media in which he tries to explain his decision.
PGA TOUR Commissioner Jay Monahan informed the TOUR membership today that players competing without releases are suspended and ineligible to participate in TOUR-sanctioned competition.— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) June 9, 2022