Phil Mickelson says the agile and fluid nature of LIV Golf means that they would consider shifting to a traditional 72-hole format if it helped secure World Ranking points.
The six-time Major champion is somewhat of an ambassador for the new LIV Golf League brand and has a direct line to the Saudi-based backers of the tournament.
The left-hander says the tour is moving ahead of schedule due to making a flying start last year, but they are always looking at ways to improve the brand.
Mickelson described LIV’s progress as “beyond amazing” in the last year, and said as an agile new tour they’d always consider changes as they go – even including extending to 72 holes if it helped to achieve Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) criteria for awarding points.
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“When we see something that can be better, we have the fluidity to make the change and make it better,” said Mickelson.
“I mean, there’s a lot of specifics that we could look at and say, gosh, do we need to go to 72 holes to get World Ranking points or what do we need to do to be the best product but really it comes down to we provide the best product to fans, to sponsors.
“Those are things we can talk about and again we have the fluidity to make changes if it’s in the best interests of the players or the league or for the fans or for the sponsors. But I don’t feel that that’s a pressing need right now, otherwise it would have been changed.
“But again, great thing about this league is its fluidity and its ability to adapt and make changes and do things quickly to make things better.”
Mickelson added that LIV Golf chiefs are considering trying to fill the void left by the WGC-Match Play when it is held for the final time this month – with Greg Norman’s outfit possibly looking to use their season-ending event to step in and fill the match play slot.
“It’s a perfect format and opportunity to fill the Match Play void because the negative of the Match Play is that the most exciting days are earlier in the week, and then the fans and sponsors only have one or two matches to follow on the weekend, and the team aspect could make the Match Play much…
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