“I have been a part of the PGA Tour for over 30 years. I have won and lost many tournaments, worked hard to contribute to their successes and earn a lifetime exemption that I don’t want to give up. I hope my participation in Arab Super League tournaments will not compromise. all of this”.
Phil Mickelson, statements
These are the statements of Phil Mickelson a few hours after the first tournament of the Arab Super League (the LIV Golf) scheduled from 9 to 11 June at the Centurion Golf Club in London. After almost four months away from the green, amid controversy and accusations addressed not only to the PGA Tour but also to Saudi Arabia, the Californian is preparing to return to the field. Certainly much more cautious in his words, “Lefty” explained that the break he took gave him “time to reflect on what to do in the future and to be closer to the people I care about. Being part of LIV Golf makes me happy” . And on the accusations against Saudi Arabia, he explains: “I have said things I regret, I am sorry for the pain caused to so many people. I am aware of what happened to the journalist Jamal Khashoggi, the story was something terrible. But I am. here to play and I must be enthusiastic about the opportunity granted to me “.
Us Open is held over a distance of 72 holes, on classic courses of the American golf tradition, which for the occasion are made even more challenging: the typical score of the winner of the U.S. Open is in fact around the par of the field. As of 2020, the courses that have hosted the most editions of the tournament are: Oakmont Country Club (9 editions, last in 2016), Baltusrol Golf Club (7, last in 1993), Oakland Hills Country Club (6, last in 1996), Pebble Beach Golf Links (6, last in 2019) and Winged Foot Golf Club (6, last in 2020).
If at the end of the 72 holes there are two or more players at the top of the ranking with equal strokes, the winner is decided with a playoff. Until 2018, the playoffs, unlike the other majors, were held on Mondays over a distance of 18 holes: the player who finished this fifth round with the least number of strokes won the tournament. If the tie persisted even after the 90 holes, the sudden death continued: the player who completed the ninety-first hole with an advantage over the opponent won the tournament. The use of sudden death was necessary on three occasions: in 1990, in 1994 and in 2008.
As of the 2018 edition, the 18-hole playoff has been abandoned in favor of the two-hole playoff.