Phil Mickelson drops major retirement hint as doubt cast over LIV Golf playing days

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Phil Mickelson is no doubt closer to end of his playing days than the beginning, and the LIV Golf star’s retirement from competing could come sooner rather than later

Phil Mickelson has admitted he is nearing the end of his playing days after the HyFlyers captain opened up on his future ahead of LIV Singapore this week.

Mickelson stands as one of professional golf’s greatest ever players during his career, winning 45 PGA Tour titles and six major championships.

The American split opinion in 2022 though, pledging his support behind the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia (PIF) before eventually joining LIV Golf. Since making the Saudi switch just under two years ago, Mickelson has failed to find the form that made him an all-time great on the PGA Tour, but has banked almost £5 million in prize money in that time.

Having broken into the top-30 on just on occasion so far this season on the LIV circuit, the World Golf Hall of Famer gave an honest assessment of his future.

When joining Greg Norman and co on the Saudi-backed series in 2022, Mickelson signed a three-year deal. Following the end of the 2024 campaign and heading into 2025, this contract is set to come to an end, and it remains to be seen what sort of extension follows for the three-time Masters champion.

The American will most likely remain with the LIV setup, having founded and captained the HyFlyers franchise over the past two years.

Mickelson’s biographer Alan Shipnuck reported in February that ‘Lefty’s’ next deal could well be a non-playing captain one, keeping him in post as the man in charge of the HyFlyers. Mickelson is yet to get his hands on a LIV title, in both individual and team competition.

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