Phil Mickelson to play in opening Saudi-backed LIV Golf Invitational Series tournament at Centurion Club | Golf News

Phil Mickelson has not played golf since February after comments he made about the breakaway tour; opening LIV Golf Invitational starts this week at London’s Centurion Club

Last Updated: 06/06/22 8:27pm

Phil Mickelson has been added to the field for this week's opening LIV Golf Invitational Series tournament at Centurian Club

Phil Mickelson has been added to the field for this week’s opening LIV Golf Invitational Series tournament at Centurian Club

Phil Mickelson says he is returning to golf with a “renewed spirit and excitement” as he confirmed he will play in the first LIV Golf Invitational Series tournament at Centurian Club this week – and future major championships.

Mickelson has been linked to LIV Golf for months but began a self-imposed hiatus from the sport in February – even skipping his title defense at the PGA Championship – amid backlash over comments he made about the breakaway tour.

The 51-year-old’s public image took a hit when the author of an unauthorized biography said the American golfer told him he was willing to look past Saudi Arabia’s human rights record to gain economic leverage over the PGA Tour.

Mickelson said in a statement: “First and foremost, I want to again apologise to the many people I offended and hurt with my comments a few months ago.

“I have made mistakes in my career in some of the things I have said and done. Taking time away and self-reflecting has been very humbling.

“I needed to start prioritizing the people that I love the most and work on becoming a better version of myself.

“I have spent this time with Amy and loved ones. I have been engaged and intentional in continued therapy and feel healthy and much more at peace.

“I realize I still have a long way to go, but I am embracing the work ahead.”

Organizers have now confirmed the six-time major winner will participate in the tournament.

Among the other golfers already confirmed for the 48-player event being held June 9-11 at Centurion Club are former world No 1 Dustin Johnson, Sergio Garcia, Lee Westwood, Ian Poulter and Louis Oosthuizen.

Greg Norman, chief executive and commissioner of LIV Golf, said: “Phil Mickelson is unequivocally one of the greatest golfers of this generation.

“His contributions to the sport and connection to fans around the globe cannot be overstated and we are grateful to have him.

“He strengthens an exciting field for London where we’re proud to launch a new era for golf.”

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