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Phil Mickelson expresses empathy for 9/11 families amid heat over joining LIV

Phil Mickelson has expressed his “deepest sympathy” to the families of those who lost loved ones in the 9/11 terrorist attacks in the wake of stinging criticism of his decision to join the Saudi-backed LIV Golf Series.

A group representing victims’ families and survivors accused Mickelson and a number of fellow high-profile American players of sportswashing and betraying their country by competing in last week’s event at Centurion Club.

Asked about the letter written by Terry Strada, the national chair of 911familiesunited.org, in a press conference ahead of the US Open, a visibly uncomfortable Mickelson said: “I would say to the Strada family, I would say to everyone that has lost loved ones, lost friends on 9/11 that I have deep, deep empathy for them."

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