KPMG and Amstel Light announced earlier this week that they have ended their sponsorship with Mickelson. business day on Friday itself, and Callaway later issued a statement regarding its position.
“Callaway does not condone Phil Mickelson’s comments and we were deeply disappointed in his choice of words – they in no way reflect our values or what we stand for as a company,” she said. “Phil has apologized and we know he regrets the way he has handled recent events. We understand his desire to take some time away from the game and respect that decision. At this time we have agreed to pause our partnership and will re-evaluate our ongoing relationship at a later time.”
In 2017, Calaway and Mickelson agreed to extend their relationship for the remainder of his football career.
Author Alan Shipnuck released an excerpt from Mickelson’s upcoming unauthorized autobiography last week. In it, Mickelson called the Saudis “intimidating” but said he was looking beyond their controversial history of human rights abuses to gain influence with the PGA Tour.
His comments drew widespread criticism – including from fellow PGA Tour players – which prompted Mickelson to apologize days later.
“While it doesn’t seem like that now given my recent comments, my actions throughout this process have always been with the interests of golfers, my peers, sponsors and fans,” Mickelson wrote. “There is the issue of informal comments being shared out of context and without my consent, but the biggest issue is that I have used words that do not reflect my true feelings or intentions.
“It was reckless, I offended people, and I am deeply sorry for my choice of words. I am very disappointed and will do my best to self-reflection and learn from this.”
He added that he was taking time away from golf “to prioritize those he loves most and to work on being the man he wants.”
On the Fire Pit group podcast, Shipnuck said Mickelson reached out to him to discuss the PGA Tour and other issues in November. Shipnock said Mickelson never said their discussion was unpublishable or for background purposes only, and he knew it would be used in his book.
“I have made many mistakes in my life, many of which have been shared with the public,” Mickelson wrote as part of his statement. “My goal was not to hurt anyone, and I’m sorry for the people I’ve negatively affected. This has always been about supporting the players and I appreciate all the people who gave me the benefit of the doubt.”