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Phil Mickelson tees it up with rival tour's chiefs

Scottish newspaper reports that 5-time major champion plays pro-am round at Saudi International with key figures behind proposed Premier Golf League

Reported: By the Scotsman newspaper of Edinburgh, Scotland, that Phil Mickelson played his pro-am round Wednesday at the Saudi International with three key figures behind the proposed Premier Golf League. According to the newspaper report, Mickelson was paired with Majed Al-Sorour, CEO of the Saudi Golf Federation; Colin Neville, a consultant with The Raine Group, a partner in the startup PGL; and London financier Andrew Gardiner, a director at Barclays Capital. Mickelson and other top golfers have been targeted for the 48-player league that reportedly is being seeded by Saudi interests and has designs on launching as soon as 2022. “It was fascinating to talk with them and ask some questions and see what their plans are,” said Mickelson, 49, a five-time major champion who would be regarded as a key figure for a startup tour. “I haven’t had the chance to put it all together and think about what I want to say about it publicly, but I do think it was an informative day for me to have the chance to spend time with them.” The Saudi International begins today at Royal Greens Golf and Country Club in King Abdullah Economic City, Saudi Arabia (tee times), with many of the game’s top stars lured to the European Tour event via reported seven-figure appearance fees. Earlier this week, PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan sent an email to players warning them not to bolt for a rival tour and risk losing their Tour membership.

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