Fred Para criticizes Phil Mickelson for joining LIV Golf: ‘I don’t think I’ll ever talk to him again’

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Fred Koops is not a fan LIV Golf invitation series.

And after what happened in the last six months, his opinion of Phil Mickelson has also changed. Mickelson, the biggest name in the family to join Saudi Arabia-backed schemeonce shared a good rapport with couples, which seems to be done now.

Phil Mickelson, right, walks alongside Fred Paras during a practice round ahead of the 2011 Masters Tournament at the Augusta National Golf Club on April 6, 2011 in Augusta, Georgia.

Phil Mickelson, right, walks alongside Fred Paras during a practice round ahead of the 2011 Masters Tournament at the Augusta National Golf Club on April 6, 2011 in Augusta, Georgia.
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Couples, a Hall of Famer and 15-time PGA Tour winner, said Wednesday that Mickelson press conferences since debuting on the LIV Golf show, a man who has been censored by top upstart league officials.

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“Those guys – you saw their interview, right?” The couple told Golf.com. “Have you ever seen Phil look so stupid? They know it’s a joke.”

Paras, 62, said he was unhappy with Saudi Arabia being the main financial backer of LIV Golf. Human rights organizations accuse the country of torturing, kidnapping and killing women. The Saudi royal family was reportedly involved in the kidnapping and murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi in 2018.

FILE - Phil Mickelson walks off the 14th lawn after missing a birdshot during the third round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Ocean Course, Saturday, May 22, 2021, in Kiawa Island, South Carolina.

FILE – Phil Mickelson walks off the 14th lawn after missing a birdshot during the third round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Ocean Course, Saturday, May 22, 2021, in Kiawa Island, South Carolina.
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Mickelson, 52, and Pairs have shared the spotlight many times over the course of their careers, most notably at the 2006 Masters when they were paired on Sunday. Mickelson won his second of three green jackets and they embraced on the 18th hole.

But when it comes to couples, moments and photos will be a thing of the past. The couples said he didn’t want to talk to Mickelson again.

Phil Mickelson of the USA is congratulated by Fred Paras of the USA after winning the final round of the 142nd Muirfield Open on July 21, 2013 in Gullan, Scotland.

Phil Mickelson of the USA is congratulated by Fred Paras of the USA after winning the final round of the 142nd Muirfield Open on July 21, 2013 in Gullan, Scotland.
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“I don’t think I’ll ever talk to him again,” Par said. “Why? I am no longer in the same boat with him and will probably never play golf with him again. I say this not in offense. We’re just in different orbits.”