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Phil Mickelson exploring jump to TV golf analyst

Phil Mickelson might not simply be headed to the PGA Tour Champions subsequent in his golf profession.

Lefty is reportedly eyeing a tv gig.

Mickelson’s representatives confirmed to Front Office Sports’ Michael McCarthy on Tuesday that they’ve “started exploratory talks” with networks about Mickelson changing into a golf analyst within the close to future.

“Absolutely, we’re always in discussions about Phil’s future,” longtime enterprise companion Steve Loy told Front Office Sports. “It wouldn’t surprise me if in the next 12 to 24 months you might see more of Phil on the air.”

Mickelson has gained 44 instances on the PGA Tour all through his profession, and was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2012. He final gained on the 2019 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, although he has missed the minimize in 4 of his eight appearances on Tour this season. His greatest end got here on the Safeway Open in September, when he completed T44.

Though his Tour profession appears to be winding down, Mickelson boats an ideal report on the PGA Tour Champions — the senior Tour for gamers over 50. Mickelson, who turned 50 final 12 months, gained each the Charles Schwab Series at Ozark National and the Dominion Energy Charity Classic final season.

Phil Mickelson at the 2020 US Open

Phil Mickelson could be the subsequent nice TV golf analyst. (AP/John Minchillo)

Mickelson an ideal match for TV

Mickelson might preserve {golfing} at his personal tempo on both Tour, however there’s little doubt that he’d be an ideal match as a golf analyst.

He’s participated in “The Match” three totally different instances with numerous celebrities and stole the present within the made-for-TV golf problem. He’s repeatedly jumped into the published sales space on Tour, and even shined on the PGA Championship final 12 months alongside Jim Nantz and Nick Faldo.

He hosted a 9-hole charity problem at The American Express golf event in January, too, and was a success — particularly when he jumped in for a fast bunker problem at PGA West.

Where Mickelson finally ends up, although, is a unique story. CBS, ESPN and NBC all maintain rights to golf tournaments all through the season and will realistically make a play for Mickelson.

“The networks want Phil — but the price points right now are night and day,” a supply told Front Office Sports. “The question is: Can anybody pay him enough? And does he want to call 10 to 20 tournaments a year?”

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