August 13, 2022


Phil Mickelson plays a shot on the fifth hole during the first round of The Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines Golf Course on January 26, 2022 in La Jolla, California.

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Phil Mickelson plays a shot on the fifth hole during the first round of The Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines Golf Course on January 26, 2022 in La Jolla, California.

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Pro golfer Phil Mickelson will not play in the famous Masters tournament this year, the first time he hasn’t scored a club in the competition since 1994,

News of Mickelson’s surprise absence comes a month later publicly apologized Saudi Arabia and Saudi-backed for controversial comments made about a new golf league and announced they needed “some time away”.

The Masters lists 51-year-old Mickelson under the category of “not playing past champion”. its website, He too Missed Players Championship earlier this month.

In February golf writer Alan Shipnk published an excerpt from his forthcoming biography of Mickelson in which the legendary golfer talks candidly about the Saudi-backed Super Golf League, an upstart organization trying to attract some of the sport’s top talent. Used to be.

“They’re scary motherf****** to be involved with,” Mickelson said in an interview. Golf Website Fire Pit Collective,

“We know they killed [Washington Post reporter and U.S. resident Jamal] Khashoggi and has a terrible record on human rights. They kill people there because they are gay. Knowing all this, why would I even consider it?” he continued. “Because this is a one-time opportunity to reshape how the PGA Tour operates.”

Mickelson also said that PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan “won’t do what is right” without leverage, which Mickelson said Saudi provides the financing. “I’m not sure I even want [the SGL] To be successful,” he said, “but its just the idea of ​​allowing us to get things done”. [PGA] Travel.”

After the interview went public in February, Mickelson said his comments were “reckless” and that he was “deeply sorry for my choice of words”, while still noting that “golf desperately needs a change.”

Mickelson’s criticisms PGA’s refusal to share revenue From the broadcasting rights and digital assets of the association with the players on tour.

Speaking to the press earlier this month, Monahan declined to comment on any disciplinary matters related to Mickelson and said he would welcome talks with Mickelson about returning to the PGA Tour.

“Listen, he’s a player who has won 45 times on the PGA Tour. He’s had a Hall of Fame career. He’s won here at the Players Championship,” Monahan said, According to Golf Digest, “He has inspired a lot of people and helped lead this tour, his tour. So as hard as it is to read what was said, a conversation will finally happen when he is ready to do it, and I’ll be ready to get it too.”


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