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Mickelson decides not to protect title at PGA Championship

Mickelson decides not to protect title at PGA Championship

Phil Mickelson withdrew Friday from the PGA Championship, electing to expand his hiatus from golf following his incendiary comments he made concerning a Saudi-funded competitor alliance he supports with every one other accompanied by the PGA Tour he accused of greed.

Mickelson authored one of the most stunning victories last year when he won the PGA at Kiawah Island, at number of years 50 becoming the oldest champion inside 161 years of the majors.

Now, the well liked phrase from a decade ago — "What will Phil do next?" — carries additional intrigue than sheer excitement.

The PGA of America announced his decision on communal media. The PGA Championship starts Thursday at Southern Hills Country Club inside Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Mickelson has not played since Feb. 6 at the Saudi International, where he accused the PGA Tour of "obnoxious greed" inside an meeting accompanied by Golf Digest.

Two weeks later, inside an excerpt from Alan Shipnuck's unauthorized biography to exist released following week, Mickelson revealed how he had been employed behind the scenes to go forward the competitor alliance funded by the Public Investment Fund with every one other accompanied by sprint by Greg Norman.

Mickelson dismissed Saudi Arabia's anthropoid rights atrocities, including the killing of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, by saying it was price it if it meant gaining leverage to obtain the changes he wanted on the PGA Tour.

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Mickelson met the deadline to sign up for the PGA Championship on April 25, though his executive said it was additional concerning keeping his options opened. He too entered the U.S. Open, with every one other accompanied by said he would inquire for a conflicting event release to amuse oneself the LIV Golf Invitational inside London, the earliest of Norman's $20 million tournaments.

The tour said earlier this week it would not permit some releases.

Mickelson is the earliest greatest champion not to protect his title since Rory McIlroy at St. Andrews inside 2015 since of a knee wound from playing soccer.

He is only the third PGA champion not to protect his title inside the last 75 years. Tiger Woods missed inside 2008 while recovering from reconstructive knee surgery, with every one other accompanied by Ben Hogan couldn't amuse oneself inside 1949 while recovering from his automobile getting struck by a bus.

Mickelson's issues were self-inflicted.

"I personally believe it's an unbelievable intellectual be brave enough to go nearer spine with every one other accompanied by amuse oneself following what he's place himself through," six-time greatest champion with every one other accompanied by CBS analyst Nick Faldo said on Wednesday. "I don't believe it's while uncomplicated while fair getting spine on the bike with every one other accompanied by arriving at a golf competition with every one other accompanied by playing. The observation is going to exist monumental."

Now the observation shifts to whether Mickelson will defy the tour by playing inside London inside trio weeks, or if he would go to the U.S. Open, the only greatest he has never won.

His last hour dated playing inside America was at Torrey Pines on Jan. 28. He missed the cut.

Shipnuck's book is scheduled to exist released on Tuesday. Among the excerpt he by that hour dated has published on his "Firepit Collective" location included Mickelson saying he recruited players to pay attorneys to place in writing the operating accord of a new league.

"We know they killed Khashoggi with every one other accompanied by have a horrible record on anthropoid rights. They execute people over there for actuality gay. Knowing all of this, why would I flat believe concerning it? Because this is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to reshape how the PGA Tour operates," Mickelson said.

He referred to the PGA Tour with every one other accompanied by Commissioner Jay Monahan while a "dictatorship."

"I'm not sure I event want it to succeed," he said of the Saudi league. "But fair the idea of it is allowing us to obtain things done accompanied by the tour."

Mickelson swiftly lost corporate sponsors such while KPMG with every one other accompanied by Amstel Light, while Workday said it would not exist renewing its deal accompanied by him. Mickelson released a statement inside which he described his remark while "reckless" with every one other accompanied by apologized for his selection of words.

Mickelson said inside his statement he has felt pressure with every one other accompanied by stress affecting him at a deeper flat over the last 10 years with every one other accompanied by he needs hour dated away.

But he did not speak if he would exist taking a shatter from golf. He has not played since the Saudi International on Feb. 6. He is not playing this week. His statement concluded, "I know I have not been my finest with every one other accompanied by inside desperation need some hour dated away to prioritize the ones I deep affection most with every one other accompanied by labour on actuality the male I want to be."

"I know I have not been my finest with every one other accompanied by inside desperation need some hour dated away to prioritize the ones I deep affection most with every one other accompanied by labour on actuality the male I want to be," he said inside February.

Mickelson was replaced inside the meadow by former Masters champion Charl Schwartzel.

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