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PGA Tour Commissioner Has Message For Phil Mickelson, Others

A closeup of Phil Mickelson.

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FLORIDA - MARCH 15: Phil Mickelson of the United States looks on from the second tee during the second round of The PLAYERS Championship on The Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass on March 15, 2019 in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan delivered a message Wednesday to Phil Mickelson and any other tour members considering joining the upstart Saudi Golf Super League.

"I told the players we're moving on and anyone on the fence needs to make a decision," Monahan told the Associated Press, via FOX News. "

Monahan said there is "zero complacency" regarding the Saudi-backed operation, and added that players who leave the PGA Tour to join it will lose their membership and shouldn't expect to have it returned.

"All this talk about the league and about money has been distracting to our players, our partners and most importantly our fans," Monahan said. "We're focused on legacy, not leverage. You saw it last week with Joaquin Niemann winning, receiving the trophy from a legend (Tiger Woods) who inspired him to take up the game.

"Those moments can't be replicated."

Monahan's remarks come after Mickelson criticized him and the PGA Tour in an interview with author Alan Shipnuck, who is set to release an unauthorized biography of the legendary golfer in May.

“[The PGA Tour has] been able to get by with manipulative, coercive, strong-arm tactics because we, the players, had no recourse,” Mickelson told Shipnuck. “As nice a guy as [PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan] comes across as, unless you have leverage, he won’t do what’s right. And the Saudi money has finally given us that leverage. I’m not sure I even want [the SGL] to succeed, but just the idea of it is allowing us to get things done with the [PGA] Tour.”

Mickelson took severe criticism for those comments, as well as one in which he suggested he was willing to overlook the Saudis' poor record on human rights in order to join their Super League.

Mickelson apologized for his quotes on Tuesday. The 51-year-old six-time major champion also announced he was stepping away from the game for an unspecified amount of time.

"I know I have not been my best and desperately need some time away to prioritize the ones I love most and work on being the man I want to be," he said.