June 21, 2024

"It’s just the nuances of a different format."

One of the biggest differences between the PGA Tour and LIV Golf is the format of the events. While the vast majority of PGA Tour events are 72 holes, LIV Golf events are just 54 holes. And according to LIV Golf star Phil Mickelson, that changes how a player has to approach each tournament.

Following his final round at the Masters this week, Phil Mickelson explained that in the 72-hole events at the PGA Tour, it offers a bit more room to overcome a slow start to the tournament.

“You have to play well the first day or you’re so far behind that it’s hard to catch up, whereas in 72 you can kind of work your way into the tournament and fight if you don’t have it the first day, fight to keep it around par then make up ground. It could go either way. It’s just the nuances of a different format,” Mickelson according to Golf Monthly.
But Phil Mickelson also suggested that there’s a chance LIV Golf could move to a 72-hole format as well.

“I don’t think it matters either way. Each competitive round is an opportunity to progress and get better. There are guys out on the Tour, players who only do 36 holes. A lot of guys only play 36 this week,” Mickelson said.

“Every competitive round is an opportunity to play well and compete. I don’t think it makes a difference either way. We’ve got mini-tours playing 54, Champions Tour playing 54. I wouldn’t be surprised if some or all of LIV events went to 72. I don’t know, but it doesn’t matter. I enjoy the competition.”

It will certainly be interested to see whether or not that happens.

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