Accounting giant KPMG and Phil Mickelson ended their relationship today, following comments the golfer made last week regarding Saudi Arabia and a new golf super league.

“KPMG US and Phil Mickelson have mutually agreed to end our sponsorship effective immediately,” the statement released by the company reads. “We wish him the best.”

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The ‘mutual’ parting of ways comes on the heels of Alan Shipnuck developer comments Mickelson made to the longtime golf scribe before his unauthorized biography was published in the spring.

“We know they killed (Washington Post columnist Jamal) Khashoggi and they have a horrific human rights record,” Mickelson told Shipnuck. “They execute people there because they are gay. Knowing all of this, why would I even consider it? Because this is a unique opportunity to reshape the way the PGA Tour works. »

On Tuesday afternoon, Mickelson posted a long statement on social media attempting to explain his discussions with LIV Golf Investments, which is launching a new Saudi-backed tour with Greg Norman as frontman. Mickelson spoke to his sponsors about not wanting “to compromise them or their business in any way”. He gave all of his sponsors the right to take a break or end their relationship. KPMG, which has several offices in Saudi Arabia, was the first to pull the plug. He ends a relationship that dates back to 2008.

Mickelson’s other sponsors include Workday, Callaway, Rolex, Mizzen + Main, Amstel Light, Intrepid Financial Partners, VistaJet and Melin, according to its website. Sportico contacted them all to see if they would continue their relationship with Mickelson, but did not hear from KPMG until press time.

KPMG remains an important sponsor in golf with brand ambassadors on the PGA Tour and LPGA Tour. He is also the title sponsor of the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship.

At $46.1 million, Mickelson ranked No. 21 in Sportico2021 world view highest paid athletes. The tally included $42 million from sponsors, appearance fees and bonuses, following his surprise PGA Championship in May. Only Tiger Woods ($62.2 million) earned more among golfers.

Mickelson has long been a highly sought-after pitchman, and he revealed he won the PGA Tour’s inaugural Player Impact title in 2021, complete with an $8 million bonus. He won over $1 billion on and off the course, adjusted for inflation. Mickelson was set to continue earning huge sums from sponsors, as his career on the course came to an end, like Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus. But his recent comments will almost certainly significantly reduce that future revenue.

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