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Six-time major champion Phil Mickelson issued a lengthy statement Tuesday addressing comments he made in an interview about plans for a Saudi-backed golf league to rival the PGA Tour, adding that he “desperately (needs) some time away” from golf.

At issue was an excerpt of a book author Alan Shipnuck shared online last week, in which Mickelson called Saudi businessmen “scary m—–f—–s to get involved with.” He admitted he was using their interest in launching a rival league as leverage to get players more money from the tour via enhanced media rights.

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