“In regards to if fans would leave or whatnot, I respect and I understand their opinions, and I understand that they have strong feelings and strong emotions regarding this choice,” Mickelson said. “And I respect that.”

Golfing legend Phil Mickelson stuck to his script  at the U.S. Open, using words instead of his golf clubs, AP reports.

Still to come is the major reputed to be the toughest test in golf, the only one keeping him from joining golf’s most elite group with the career Grand Slam. And this one figures to be far different from any other Mickelson has faced.

The six-time major champion is competing on American soil for the first time in more than four months, now the face of a Saudi-funded league that aims to disrupt the PGA Tour.

At risk is his popularity built up over 30 years for his wins and losses, equally memorable.

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