Nick Faldo gives one piece of advice to Phil Mickelson at the PGA Championship

Nick Faldo and Phil Mickelson during the 2018 Open.

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Nick Faldo was asked about his thoughts. He answered this question in six words.

“Well, it’s tough and tough,” he said.

Then the six-time main champ gave one piece of advice to another six-time main champ.

Off the play, attention this week PGA Championship The golfer was not playing. A year ago in this tournament, at the age of fifty, Phil Mickelson is the oldest ever to win a major championship; A year later, following a three-sentence statement via Twitter from the US PGA, It’s a withdrawal. Now, you know what happened between them: In February, he Made controversial comments On his dealings with the soon-to-be-launched LIV Invitational Series with Saudi funding, I apologize in a statement Posted via his social media accounts and Not seen or heard since then.

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But it was talked about. in the south of the hills, Tiger Woods admitted He and Mickelson are out of touch. “A lot of that is not, I think, about personal issues,” Woods said. “Our views were on how the tour can be run and how it can be done, what the players play for and how we play for it. I have a completely different situation. [it]. ” Rory McIlroy said his position On Mickelson “softened” and that “people can be forgiven for words.” David Duvall, now an ESPN analyst, wonder why Mickelson was silent.

Faldo has spoken about legacy, which is a popular word for the past few months. About 15 minutes into the broadcast of the PGA Championship on CBS on Saturday, with the Wanamaker Cup of the Championship in the background, broadcaster Jim Nantz Faldo, the network’s chief analyst, asked what he thought after hearing Mickelson would not attend. In particular , These were CBS’ first on-air comments On Mickelson, too.

Near the end of his answer, Faldo spoke to Mickelson directly.

“And I think Phil now, if he wants to protect his legacy, he has to get back on the PGA Tour,” he said on the broadcast. “That’s where he created everything, he’s a legend here, we know if he needs – he wants to go and play for guaranteed money, we know there’s another option.

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“But I’ve been thinking about it – he did two cool things. When you come on tour, all you want to do as a kid is compete – that word, compete – and win my hue, 20, and then at 50, all you want to do is compete and prove that you can He did it again, and he won at 50. And that’s for sure – the middle 30 years are pretty good too; a legendary career – but just think about those two things.You’re a golfer, all you want to do is compete.

“I did it as an amateur and he did it at the age of 50, two amazing things. … You had an incredible career. As the guys say, to come back and be on the PGA Tour.”

There is some fast food here. First, the exact reference to the Saudi series – “He wants to go and play for guaranteed money, we know there’s another option out there.” What we do know officially is that Mickelson has worked behind the scenes with the LIV Golf Invitational Series, which, yes, offers a guaranteed pay-per-play, and that he Request for release from the PGA Tour To play in the first event, scheduled for early next month. The scoring, however, doesn’t mean Mickelson will definitely play, and The tour refused all of its members’ requests For the LIV Championship.

Faldo also raised the legacy. Tour commissioner Jay Monahan used that specific wordtoo, at this year’s Players Championship, when we said, “We are and will always focus on legacy, not impact,” he said when discussing “all the news, rhetoric, and speculation lately about the world of professional golf.” Why does it all matter? In discussing the Saudi series with Alan Shippock“Saudi money has finally given us that leverage,” said Mickelson, a biographer of Michelson.

Notably, Nantes asked Faldo another question about Mickelson on Saturday:

Where would his PGA victory rank a year ago?

“We hung up on Sunday afternoon — I said, OK, along with Tiger winning his 15th major, that for me was one of the greatest achievements in our game,” Faldo said on the radio broadcast. “To win a major at 50, you have to appreciate the physical effort that Phil was a three-year project, not a three-week project, to get himself into the club faster. And then to have the mental strength to be able to take on the little ones and take it more importantly – we know In this game, it’s all about dealing with negativity.

“But to do that in a major tournament, Sunday afternoon, and beat Brooks Koepka, go on to win and I really believe our lives are not going to top out. Nobody will be bigger than that.”

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