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Golf Industry News // Phil Mickelson Has More To Lose Than Sponsors (twitter.com)

Embroiled in controversy for comments regarding the breakaway Saudi-based Super Golf League, Phil Mickelson announced that he needs “some time away” from golf.

On Tuesday, Mickelson

for saying he would look past Saudi human rights violations if it would help force changes to the PGA Tour’s distribution of money.

An extended leave would only exacerbate his recent drop to No. 183 in the FedExCup standings and No. 41 in the world — plus, he’s missed the last four Tour events and would be unprepared for the rapidly approaching Masters. 

It’s not only the prospect of his legacy taking a hit, but also his net worth, thanks to the exodus of a pair of sponsors.

His 45 career victories are tied with Walter Hagen for eighth all-time (Tiger Woods and Sam Snead top the list with 82). He is tied for 12th all-time with six major wins (Jack Nicklaus is No. 1 with 18) and famously still needs to win…

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