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Fred Couples slams six-time major champion Phil Mickelson for joining the Saudi-backed LIV rebels

‘I don’t think I’ll ever talk to him again’: Former Masters champion Fred Couples says he will cut ties with ex-Ryder Cup teammate Phil Mickelson after joining LIV Golf tour – and claims that defectors know the series it’s a joke’

  • Fred Couples criticizes Phil Mickelson for participating in Saudi-backed rebel series LIV
  • The American said players who jumped from the ship were effectively muzzled
  • He said his family would ‘deny me’ if he defected because of the source of the money

Golf legend Fred Couples has hit six-time champion Phil Mickelson for joining the Saudi-backed rebel LIV series.

Former Masters champion Couples, who captained the US squad this week at the Icons Series in New Jersey, said he is “disappointed” that players have been disembarked as the government of Saudi Arabia is backing it up financially and effectively muzzling them. to be.

‘I don’t think I’ll ever talk to him again’ Couples told Golf.com

Fred Couples (L) says he will cut ties with ex-Ryder Cup teammate Phil Mickelson (R)

Fred Couples (L) says he will cut ties with ex-Ryder Cup teammate Phil Mickelson (R)

‘For what? I’m not in the same boat with him anymore and will probably never play golf with him again.

‘I don’t say that rudely. We’re just in different jobs.’

He continued: ‘These guys – you’ve seen their interviews, haven’t you?

Koppels has hit six-time major champion Mickelson for joining the rebellious LIV series

Koppels has hit six-time major champion Mickelson for joining the rebellious LIV series

“Have you ever seen Phil look so stupid in his life? They know it’s a joke. They all say they want to change golf; they benefit golf.’

Couples said his family would “deny me” if he defected from the PGA Tour.

“I think this is a family thing for me,” he said. “I’m from Seattle, but I know where the money is coming from, and I think my family would disown me if I went. That’s easy for me to say, of course, because I’m not going, so I can really tell you anything I want to tell you.’

Mickelson is one of the high-profile players to ditch the PGA Tour to join the LIV series, with the others including Dustin Johnson, Lee Westwood and Brooks Koepka. All those who defected have been banned from the PGA Tour.

Fred Couples (L) with former NBA star JR Smith at the Icons Series in New Jersey on Thursday

Fred Couples (L) with former NBA star JR Smith at the Icons Series in New Jersey on Thursday

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