Fred Couples has had a very good relationship with Phil Mickelson over time, however he mentioned that’s over now that the six-time main winner has left the PGA Tour for LIV Golf Invitational Sequence.
Couples, a Corridor of Famer and PGA Tour loyalist who has usually spoken out in opposition to Saudi-backed LIV Golf recently, advised Golf.com on Wednesday that Mickelson and the opposite defectors have successfully been muzzled by the brand new collection and it exhibits of their press conferences.
“These guys — you’ve seen their interviews, right?” mentioned Couples — who’s in command of the U.S. squad within the Icon Sequence being held at Liberty Nationwide in Jersey Metropolis, N.J., a brand new match-play occasion that options 12 golf-loving U.S. athletes versus 12 counterparts from around the globe. “Have you ever seen Phil look so stupid in his life? They know it’s a joke.”
Couples was referring to 2 awkward press conferences Mickelson had with the media — one earlier than the debut LIV occasion outdoors of London and the opposite at the U.S. Open. The second LIV occasion begins Thursday in Portland, Ore.
Couples, 62, mentioned he’s uncomfortable with the actual fact the Saudi Arabian authorities — which has been accused of varied human-rights atrocities — is the monetary backer of LIV Golf.
As for the 52-year-old Mickelson, he has mentioned he’s dedicated to LIV for at the least two years and still received a mostly positive reception from fans through the U.S. Open at The Nation Membership in Brookline, Mass.
However Mickelson doubtless has misplaced assist from many golfers who’re loyal to the PGA Tour, and Couples is one in every of them.
Like Mickelson, Couples, a three-time captain of the U.S. Presidents Cup group, is likely one of the most beloved gamers of his technology and in addition has had some good battles with Lefty over time. A kind of was the 2006 Masters, once they performed collectively within the last pairing and embraced on the 18th gap after Mickelson received his second inexperienced jacket.
However now that collegiality seems to be over.
“I don’t think I’ll ever to talk to him again,” Couples advised Golf.com. “What for? I’m not in the same boat as him anymore, and probably never will play golf with him again. I’m not saying that to be mean. We’re just in different orbits.”