Mickelson decides not to defend his PGA Championship title

Mickelson decides not to defend his PGA Championship title

Phil Mickelson retired from the PGA Championship on Friday, choosing to extend his golf break following inflammatory comments he made about a rival league he supports and the PGA Tour accusing him of greed.

Mickelson recorded one of the most amazing victories last year when he won the PGA on Kiawah Island at the age of 50 and became the oldest champion in 161 years of age.

Now, the popular phrase from a decade ago – “What will Phil do next?” – brings more intrigue than pure enthusiasm.

The PGA of America was announced his decision on social media. The PGA Championship kicks off Thursday at the Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Mickelson has not played since February 6 at Saudi International, where he accused the PGA Tour of “disgusting greed” in an interview with Golf Digest.

Two weeks later, in an excerpt from Alan Shipnuck’s unauthorized biography to be released next week, Mickelson revealed how he worked behind the scenes to advance the rival’s Treasury-funded, Greg Norman-led rival league.

Mickelson dismissed human rights abuses in Saudi Arabia, including the assassination of Washington Post columnist Jamal Kasogi, saying it was worthwhile if it meant leveraging the changes he wanted on tour.

Mickelson met the deadline to enroll in the PGA Championship on April 25, although his manager told him it was more about keeping his options open. He also entered the US Open, and said he would ask for a controversial event to play LIV Golf Invitational in London, the first of Norman’s $ 20 million tournaments.

The tour said earlier this week that it would not release any releases.

Mickelson is the first major champion not to defend his title after Rory McIlroy at St. Louis. Andrews in 2015 due to a knee injury from football.

He is only the third PGA champion to not defend his title in 75 years. Tiger Woods lost in 2008 while recovering from knee surgery and Ben Hogan could not play in 1949 while recovering from his car hit by a bus.

Mickelson’s issues were self-inflicted.

“I personally think it’s an incredible mental challenge to come back and play after what he has done,” six-time CBS champion and analyst Nick Faldo said on Wednesday. “I do not think it is as easy as just getting back on the bike and getting to a golf tournament and playing. The attention will be monumental “.

Now the focus is on whether Mickelson will defy the tour by playing in London in three weeks or whether he will go to the US Open, the only championship he has never won.

His last time playing in America was at Torrey Pines on January 28th. He lost the cut.

Shipnuck’s book is scheduled for release on Tuesday. An excerpt from Firepit Collective’s Web site included Mickelson saying he was recruiting players to pay lawyers to draft a new league deal.

“We know they killed Kasogi and they have a horrible human rights record. They execute people there because they are gay. Knowing all this, why should I think about it? “Because this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to reshape the way the PGA Tour works,” Mickelson said.

He referred to the PGA tour and Commissioner Jay Monahan as a “dictatorship”.

“I’m not sure I want to succeed,” he said of the Saudi championship. “But only his idea allows us to complete things with the tour.”

Mickelson quickly lost corporate sponsors such as KPMG and Amstel Light, while Workday said it would not renew its deal with him. Mickelson posted a statement in which he described his comment as “reckless” and apologized for choosing his words.

Mickelson said in a statement that he had felt pressure and anxiety to affect him on a deeper level for the past 10 years and needed time off.

But he did not say whether he would take a break from golf. He has not played for the Saudi Arabia International on February 6. He is not playing this week. His statement concluded: “I know I was not the best and I desperately need some time to prioritize those I love the most and work to be the man I want to be.”

“I know I was not my best and I desperately need some time to prioritize those I love the most and work to be the man I want to be,” he said in February.

Mickelson was replaced on the pitch by former Masters champion Charl Schwartzel.

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