Callaway pauses Phil Mickelson sponsorship over Saudi comments

Phil Mickelson has already seen loads of penalties for his now-infamous feedback on the nascent Saudi golf league, and now he is shedding one other longtime sponsor.

Callaway introduced Friday that it’s pausing its partnership with Mickelson over a “alternative of phrases” it firmly denounced.

From Golf Channel’s Rex Hoggard:

Callaway doesn’t condone Phil Mickelson’s feedback and we had been very dissatisfied in his alternative of phrases – they on no account mirror our values or what we stand for as an organization. Phil has since apologized & we all know he regrets how he dealt with current occasions. We acknowledge his want to take a while away from the sport and respect that call. Right now, we now have agreed to pause our partnership and can re-evaluate our ongoing relationship at a later date.

Mickelson had already misplaced main sponsorships comparable to KPMG and Amstel Gentle, however his Callaway deal falling via is notable contemplating he has been with the corporate since 2004 and had signed a contract extension in 2017 that ran through the rest of his playing career.

Phil Mickelson introduced this on himself

Mickelson has been in sizzling water because the e-book excerpt heard ‘around the world was printed final week. Within the e-book, veteran journalist Alan Shipnuck studies Mickelson to have justified his assist for the Saudis and their rampant human rights abuses in a manner that was tone-deaf at greatest.

From the Fire Pit Collective:

“They’re scary motherf***ers to become involved with,” he stated. “We all know they killed [Washington Post reporter and U.S. resident Jamal] Khashoggi and have a horrible file on human rights. They execute folks over there for being homosexual. Understanding all of this, why would I even take into account it? As a result of it is a once-in-a-lifetime alternative to reshape how the PGA Tour operates.

The backlash to the feedback, during which Mickelson principally positioned the monetary well-being of pro-golfers over the human rights of thousands and thousands of individuals, was swift, and may need had a task in waves of different golfers distancing themselves from the league after beforehand being rumored as concerned. The league should be coming, nevertheless it appears to not carry the sport-splitting potential the PGA Tour feared.

Rory McIlroy, arguably the game’s harshest critic of the Saudi league, described Mickelson’s feedback as “naive, egocentric, egotistical, ignorant,” whereas Brooks Koepka shrugged off the thought of leaving the tour. PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan declined remark.

Days later, Mickelson apologized for the feedback and stated he ought to “be held accountable,” however he additionally claimed Shipnuck had quoted him out of context and with out his consent. Shipnuck instantly denied the declare, calling it “a half-hearted attempt at revisionist history” and “false and duplicitous.”

AL MUROOJ, SAUDI ARABIA - FEBRUARY 03:   Phil Mickelson of the United States tees off on the 14th hole during day one of the PIF Saudi International at Royal Greens Golf & Country Club on February 3, 2022 in Al Murooj, Saudi Arabia. (Photo by Oisin Keniry/Getty Images)

Phil Mickelson and Callaway are taking a break. (Picture by Oisin Keniry/Getty Photographs)

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