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Phil Mickelson sparked intrigue over his possible return to golf on Monday after requesting a release to play in the first event of a lucrative Saudi Arabia-backed golf tour in June.

Mickelson’s management company confirmed in a statement that the 51-year-old six-time Major winner was seeking clearance to play the LIV Golf Invitational from June 9-11 outside London – but stressed he had no not yet confirmed its participation.

April 25 was the last day for PGA Tour members to request a take-out release at the Centurion Club and, according to The telegraphup to 20 pros applied, including at least four big winners.

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Golf’s oldest major winner, Phil Mickelson, could yet join the Saudi-backed rebel golf league. Photo: Getty ImagesSource: Getty Images

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Mickelson described the proposed league’s Saudi backers as “creepy” with a “horrendous human rights record”, but said he was ready to deal with them in order to have some effect. leverage to “reshape” the US PGA Tour.

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Mickelson, the defending PGA champion, later apologized for the comments and said he was taking “desperately needed time” from golf.

However, his eventual return could possibly include playing the LIV Golf event at the Centurion Golf Club outside London.

Steve Loy, Sportfive’s co-chairman, said in a statement that Mickelson was signed up to play both next month’s PGA Championship, where he will defend his title, and the US Open from July 16 to June 19, which takes place the week after the LIV London event.

“Our client Phil Mickelson is officially registered to play in the PGA Championship as well as the US Open,” Loy said.

“We have also applied on his behalf for a release to play the first LIV Golf Invitational in London, June 9-11. This request meets the April 25 deadline set by the PGA Tour to participate in a conflicting circuit event.

“Phil currently has no concrete plans on when or where he will play. Any actions taken are in no way a reflection of a final decision being made, but rather keeping all options open.

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Phil Mickelson celebrates on the 18th green after winning the final round of the 2021 PGA Championship held at Kiawah Island Golf Resort. Photo: Getty ImagesSource: Getty Images

Mickelson’s possible return comes amid intense speculation over other players who may choose to take part in the Saudi-backed venture.

The for-profit series will offer prize money of $25 million per tournament, making each leg of the series more lucrative than the highest-grossing event on the PGA Tour, and approximately more than double the prize money offered for each of the four golf majors.

Britain’s Daily Telegraph meanwhile reported on Monday that European Ryder Cup stars Sergio Garcia, Ian Poulter and Lee Westwood are all planning to take part in the event.

Michael C. Ford