‘Don’t know if I’d be using the word greedy if I’m Phil’: Brooks Koepka takes a sly dig at Mickelson following the 51-year-old’s incredible complaint about the PGA Tour’s ‘obnoxious greed’ – despite pocketing $800m in his golfing career
Phil Mickelson has earned an estimated $800million during hid golfing career
But the 51-year-old claimed the PGA Tour is preventing him from earning more
Mickelson claimed the Tour’s ‘greed’ is making him consider other opportunities
Brooks Koepka appeared to call out the veteran for his comments on Instagram
By Isabel Baldwin For Mailonline
Published: 01:01 GMT, 4 February 2022 | Updated: 07:20 GMT, 4 February 2022
Four-time major winner Brooks Koepka has called out Phil Mickelson for his comments on the PGA Tour’s ‘obnoxious greed’.
The 51-year-old appeared to hit out at the Tour for shorting players over media rights – despite cashing in just under $100million (£74m) in career earnings, sitting on a pension worth at least $200m (£147m) and raking in an estimated $500m (£368m) in sponsorship deals.
Mickelson recently ranted about the ‘obnoxious greed’ of the PGA Tour in not allowing him to earn far more, saying it is a key factor as to why he is ‘looking at opportunities elsewhere.’
Brooks Kopeka (left) took a sly dig at Phil Mickelson (right) following his ‘greed’ comments
By other opportunities, Mickelson is of course referring to the Saudi-backed Super Golf League (SGL) who are seemingly trying to poach the sport’s elite and have reportedly contacted ‘pretty much every player in the top 100’.
In a defiant interview with Golf Digest, Mickelson explained his biggest complaint concerned media rights. ‘It’s not public knowledge all that goes on,’ he began.
‘If the tour wanted to end the Saudi threat or from anywhere else they would just hand the rights back to the players.
‘But they would rather throw $25m (£18m) here or $40m (£29m) there than give back the roughly $20billion in digital assets they control.’
Six-time major champion Mickelson hit out at the PGA Tour’s ‘obnoxious greed’ this week
Koepka appeared to take a sly dig at Mickelson’s tirade, particularly the accusation of greed.
The 31-year-old took to Instagram to call out Mickelson, posting: ‘Don’t know if I’d be using the word greedy if I’m Phil….’
Players assign their media rights to the PGA Tour upon taking membership, which dates back to more than 50 years ago.
Koepka took to Instagram to call out the 51-year-old following his complaints about the Tour
As the Tour owns a player’s media rights, it can take a fee whenever those players appear on television outside of a Tour event and requires players to ask for permission to play at competing tournaments.
Mickelson referenced his participation in The Match, claiming that the Tour ‘forced him to pay them $1m each time’ for his own media rights. ‘That type of greed is, to me, beyond obnoxious,’ he added.
He also explained that his famous approach shot from the pine on the par-5 13th during his 2010 Masters win would cost someone $30,000 per second to use.
Koepka has also participated in The Match, pulling off a convincing 4&3 victory long-time rival Bryson DeChambeau in the latest edition – whose executive producer was Mickelson – last November.
But compared to Mickelson’s $9m (£6.6m) winnings from his match against Tiger Woods in 2018, Koepka just played for glory – and most likely bragging rights.
Mickelson battled Tiger Woods (left) in the 2018 edition of The Match for $9million
A shot from Mickelson’s 2010 Masters win reportedly costs $30,000 per second to use
Koepka (right) battled Bryson DeChambeau (left) in the fifth instalment of The Match
Mickelson is said to be one of the players the yet-to-be-launched Saudi league is targeting and his comments were impeccably timed as he tees up this week at the Saudi International.
The proposed Super Golf League has sent the golfing community into a frenzy after reports it is targeting the sport’s top players.
Five future Ryder Cup captains, including Ian Poulter Henrik Stenson, Sergio Garcia and Graeme McDowell, were reported to be sitting on £20m offers, while Lee Westwood revealed that he has signed a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) that prevents him from discussing the issue.
Former World No 1, Dustin Johnson, has also hinted he has an NDA, while DeChambeau has been offered a staggering £100m to be the face of the Saudi golf revolution.
Lee Westwood has signed a non-disclosure agreement regarding the Super Golf League
Former World No 1 Dustin Johnson pleaded an NDA when asked about Poulter’s reported deal
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