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Former PGA Tour pro slams Phil Mickelson ahead of US Open, says he should be removed from Hall of Fame

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Brandel Chamblee, a former PGA Tour golfer who is an analyst for the Golf Channel, trashed Phil Mickelson and other LIV Golf competitors before the US Open this week.

Chamblee tweeted Tuesday that Mickelson and LIV Golf CEO Greg Norman should be removed from the World Golf Hall of Fame.

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“As far as I know, it has never happened that an athlete has been kicked out of their Hall of Fame, but both Norman and Mickelson should be kicked out of the Hall of Fame. They have disgraced the game and threaten to destroy the game that they have both built.” benefited greatly,” Chamblee tweeted.

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Mickelson addressed the media on Monday before the US Open and responded to the scrutiny he has received for playing in the Saudi-funded golf league.

“I respect and understand your opinions, and understand that you have strong feelings and emotions regarding this choice. And I certainly respect that,” Mickelson said, adding that joining LIV Golf was the “right decision” for him.

Phil Mickelson watches his tee shot on the fifth hole during a practice round before the US Open golf tournament, Tuesday, June 14, 2022, at The Country Club in Brookline, Massachusetts.
(AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Mickelson is reportedly making $200 million, and it’s something that hasn’t sat well with Chamblee. He said over the weekend that he didn’t buy into the idea that the golfers who jumped on LIV Golf were trying to grow the game. Instead, Chamblee said, they were “destroying the game” and “its reputation.”

Chamblee continued Monday after Mickelson’s news conference.

“He is suffering the consequences of a decision he made that some believe was bringing a flamethrower to the PGA Tour,” Chamblee said, via Golf Week. “By my count, there were 22 questions and not a single question about being the oldest major champion of all time, not a single question about trying to complete the Grand Slam of his career. It was all about his decision to join a league that I think many see as a hostile takeover attempt.

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“He’s been quite successful in the media center by manipulating where he can, but there have been times over the years where he’s been atrocious in the media center. Most notably in 2014 in the Ryder Cup where we got, I think, a real glimpse of who Phil Mickelson is. Machiavellian? Sure. Blaming Tom Watson for his Ryder Cup failures, and then when asked by a member of the media after literally denigrating one of the greats of the game in front of the whole world, why do you do such a thing? He almost looked incredulous and said, ‘How can you take what I just did as a disparagement of Tom Watson?’ Everyone in that room knew what they were seeing. He was insincere at best, but the most accurate description is misleading.”

Brandel Chamblee during the Golf Channel Bracket Special before the World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play at Austin Country Club on March 19, 2018 in Austin, Texas.

Brandel Chamblee during the Golf Channel Bracket Special before the World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play at Austin Country Club on March 19, 2018 in Austin, Texas.
(Chris Condon/PGA TOUR)

Chamblee added, “Nothing I’ve seen from Phil Mickelson from that point to this point has changed. It turns out that when you’re trying to sell a lie, it’s hard to talk very comfortably and easily.”

LIV Golf has been getting a lot of heat since its inception and this week was no exception.

Rory McIlroy led the charge among golfers on the PGA Tour. He continually lashed out at Norman after passing him on the PGA Tour’s all-time wins list and later criticized those who turned their backs on the Tour after making statements committing to the league.

“I guess I took a lot of player statements at face value. I guess I was wrong about that,” McIlroy said ahead of the US Open first round, via The Independent. “You had people committed to the PGA Tour, and that’s what the statements said. People retracted that.”

“It’s disappointing,” he added. “Players who stay on the PGA Tour feel slighted in some way. If those guys thought outside of themselves, they’d see this isn’t what’s best for everyone. My dad told me a long time ago, once you make your bed , you lie on it, and they’ve made their bed. That’s their decision, and they have to live with it.”

Phil Mickelson ponders a question at a news conference, Monday, June 13, 2022, at The Country Club in Brookline, Mass., prior to the US Open golf tournament.

Phil Mickelson ponders a question at a news conference, Monday, June 13, 2022, at The Country Club in Brookline, Mass., prior to the US Open golf tournament.
(AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

He would later tell Sky Sports that he thought the rise of LIV Golf could only hurt the game.

“Whether [LIV Golf series] Keep it up, it’s going to fracture the game more than it already is. The professional world of golf has already fractured,” he told the outlet.

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“There are so many different tours and so many different things to go on. I’ve always been an advocate of making it more cohesive and trying to get people to work more together, but this is tearing it apart.”

“If the Saudis are hell-bent on spending money on golf, let’s try to spend it in a way that benefits the broader ecosystem. That’s where I’d like it to go, but whether or not that happens remains to be seen.”

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