The golfer and the reporters had an intense back and forth session.
One of the most mentioned topics was the lack of condemnation of human rights in Saudi Arabia and the murder of the Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi by the same Saudi State.
Mickelson didn’t participate in the Masters and the PGA Championship, generating rumors about a possible PGA Tour ban.
“I choose not to speak publicly on PGA Tour issues at this time,” Mickelson said.
However, the PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan publicly threatened players who will participate in the LIV Golf Invitational with a possible PGA Tour ban.
Mickelson didn’t condone Saudi Arabia’s human rights violations:
Mickelson contradicted his critics about the Saudi-backed golf tournament.
“There are a lot of things that I regret, and I am sorry for the hurt that it’s caused a lot of people,” he said.
Nevertheless, the most shocking statement came after he denied condoning the human atrocities of the Saudi Arabian government.
“I don’t condone human rights violations at all. Nobody here does, throughout the world. And I’m certainly aware of what has happened with Jamal Khashoggi and I think it’s terrible,” Mickelson told the reporters.
“I’ve always seen the good that the game of golf has done throughout history, and I believe thatLIV Golf is going to do a lot of good for the game as well, I’m excited about this opportunity and that’s why I’m here.”
One of the reporters asked the golfer if he was concerned about the Saudis using athletes as a “tool of sports washing.”
Mickelson backed up his previous comment by saying, “I said earlier, I don’t condone human rights violations.”
“I don’t know how else I can be any more clear. Again, I love this game of golf, I’ve seen the good that it’s done, and I see the opportunity for LIV Golf to do a lot of good for the world, and I’m excited to be a part of this opportunity,” he answered.