Phil Mickelson shows off weight loss, Saudi International, PGA Tour, LIV Golf

Golf legend Phil Mickelson has revealed impressive details about his sudden weight loss as he plots a career comeback.The 52-year-old has become a controversial figure in golf, nearly one year after his explosive remarks about the Saudi-funded LIV golf series triggered uproar.Watch every round of the PGA Tour LIVE & Exclusive on Fox Sports, available on Kayo. New to Kayo? Start your free trial now >He completely lost his way on the course as well in 2022 — and it has given him renewed fire to return to the top of the game. Mickelson fronted the press on Monday at the Royal Greens Golf & Country Club ahead of his return at the Saudi International and stunned golf commentators with his slim physique. Mickelson confirmed during the press conference he has indeed undergone a weight cut. The 45-time PGA Tour winner said he’s the slimmest he’s been in decades. New Year, New Phil. (Photo by Luke Walker/WME IMG/WME IMG via Getty Images)Source: Getty ImagesThree months is a long time in golf. Photo by Adrian DENNIS / AFP.Source: AFP“I have a whole different energy, whole different excitement,” he said. “I’ve been rejuvenated. Best shape I’ve been in in a long time. I’m back to my college weight. It allows me to recover faster after I play.”Mickelson shied away from giving details about his weight loss when asked by journalists. “It’s my college weight.” he said. “We don’t need to go to numbers, but I’m back to where I was when I turned pro. That’s the first time that’s happened.”His appearance came as a shock to many. He said his game resembles his trimmed physique and believes he can still win majors. Earlier, Mickelson said he is “at peace” if he never plays in a PGA Tour event or Ryder Cup again, In an interview with Sports Illustrated published on Monday, the six-time major winner said he was not bothered about the possibility of being frozen out of PGA Tour events for good.Mickelson was suspended by the PGA Tour last year after being one of the earliest big names to defect to the controversial LIV circuit.The 52-year-old embraced LIV despite telling a US journalist that the circuit’s Saudi backers were “scary” with a “horrible” human rights record.Mickelson said in June last year he hoped to play on the PGA Tour again. However in his remarks to Sports Illustrated, the veteran said he was now indifferent to playing on the circuit again.Phil Mickelson. AP Photo/Matt Dunham.Source: AP“If I were never to play another PGA Tour event, I’m totally at peace with it,” Mickelson said.The American said that while he believes pending litigation against the PGA Tour may allow him to legally return to the circuit, he planned to “scale down” his number of events while prioritising majors.“I’m motivated, but I don’t see the benefit to playing more,” the 45-time PGA Tour winner said.“The tournaments where you are going to leave a mark are the majors. That creates a life memory. If I win another Tour event, who cares? It’s not like it’s going to do anything for how I look at my career.“Another major would be a unique, special moment. That’s really where I want to thrive. And sure, it would mean a lot to win some LIV events because of the role I’ve played as it’s been created.” Mickelson meanwhile agreed there could be an uneasy atmosphere at the Champions Dinner at the Masters in April, where staunch critics of LIV Golf including Tiger Woods will dine alongside some of the upstart circuit’s biggest names.Asked if he anticipated awkwardness or unpleasantness at the dinner, Mickelson added: “There very well could be, but not on my part. I’m very comfortable with where I’m at.”— with AFP

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