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Phil Mickelson withdraws from PGA Championship

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Just six days before Phil Mickelson’s highly anticipated return to the game, it was announced Friday that the defending champion had withdrawn from this year’s PGA Championship.

In a statement released today, the PGA of America said:

“We have just been informed that Phil Mickelson has withdrawn from the PGA Championship. Phil is the defending champion and currently eligible to be a PGA Life Member, and we would have welcomed him to participate. We wish Phil and Amy the very best and look forward to his return to golf.”

Two weeks ago, Mickelson’s agent Steve Loy at SportFive agency revealed that his client had requested a release to play in the Saudi backed LIV Golf series.

Mickelson’s exile from golf continues for now, with the 51-year-old not teeing it up since January.

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  1. geohogan

    May 18, 2022 at 4:35 pm

    Now that Norman over promised (duped) the pga players, MBS drops him and all those promises. “Whose your Daddy”

  2. cu2morrow

    May 17, 2022 at 1:39 pm

    aww shoot I had a Jackson on him to place

  3. Mick Philleson

    May 16, 2022 at 10:01 pm

    Day 147 of the cancellation of Phil Mickelson, and I still don’t care.

  4. MICHAEL

    May 14, 2022 at 8:29 am

    Sad the way this has turned out. The 2nd-greatest player in the post-Nicklaus era (IMHO) w/b reduced to a punchline. For what? Phil has to be looking back at this & saying, oh crap, yes, I am an idiot. But no kudos to the guy writing the ‘unauthorized’ biography on him. We have become a society more focused on publishing ‘dirt’ than anything else. If Phil lost $40m gambling, WHO CARES?

    • cu2morrow

      May 17, 2022 at 1:38 pm

      I certainly don’t care. It’s his money.

  5. Butch Reid

    May 14, 2022 at 8:00 am

    The PGA tour is run by a bunch of left wing sjw f a g s who cannot tolerate competition.

  6. jbone

    May 14, 2022 at 7:34 am

    Phil is making this even worse on himself. Just play golf.

  7. Bob

    May 13, 2022 at 10:44 pm

    Phil cancels Phil again.

    Is there a contract out on him?

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GolfWRX was on site in Tulsa, Oklahoma, at Southern Hills for the second major of the season. The centerpiece of the exhibit, of course, is a fresh in-hand look at Tiger Woods’ WITB — including shots of his new long irons. However, don’t miss the 30 other WITBs as well as an assortment of general and pullout galleries aplenty.

Check out links to all our PGA Championship photos, below.

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‘You have to earn it’ – Tiger shows no sympathy for Mickelson while firmly backing PGA Tour

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The defending champion, Phil Mickelson, may not be at Southern Hills this week for the PGA Championship, but Tiger Woods is making his second start of the year at a venue he has had success at in the past.

The 2007 champion hasn’t teed it up since last month’s Masters tournament, where he finished 47th. A month on, however, Woods has claimed that he is feeling stronger as he goes in search of a fifth PGA Championship.

While Woods gets ready to compete again, his old rival Phil Mickelson continues his absence from the sport. Lefty took a leave from golf earlier this year after suffering severe backlash for his controversial comments on the Saudi Golf League, the Saudi regime and how he was using the Tour as leverage against the PGA Tour.

Speaking to media on Tuesday, Woods revealed that he and Mickelson had very different views on where the game of golf is going, while launching a staunch defence of the PGA Tour.

“He has his opinion on where he sees the game of golf going,” said Woods of Mickelson. “I have my viewpoint how I see the game of golf. I’ve supported the Tour and my foundation has run events on the Tour for a number of years. I just think that what Jack (Nicklaus) and Arnold (Palmer) have done in starting the Tour, breaking away from the PGA of America and creating our tour in 1968 … I just think there’s a legacy to that. I’ve been playing out here for a couple of decades and I think there’s a legacy do it.”

“I still think the Tour has so much to offer, so much opportunity,” said Woods. “I understand different viewpoints, but I believe in legacies, I believe in major championships and big events, comparisons to historical figures of the past. There is plenty of money out there. The Tour is growing – like any other sport, like tennis, you have to go out there and earn it.”

Interestingly, Woods pinpointed social media as one of the reasons the controversy escalated as quickly as it did surrounding Mickelson:

“Social media has changed the landscape in how fast things can ramp up, whether it is real news or fake news or whatever it is, opinions get out there instantly,” said Woods. “It can sway very quickly one way or the other – what we are seeing right now in society is it is very bipolar, there is no middle ground, you stand one way or the other. It is very polarising and the viewpoints Phil has made with the Tour and what the Tour has meant to all of us has been polarising as well.”

Despite saying that it was disappointing that Mickelson would not be defending this week, Tiger has not reached out to Phil during his exile from professional golf. The reason for that decision is due to Tiger’s entirely different viewpoint on how the Tour should be run.

“I have not reached out to him, I have not spoken to him. A lot of it has not to do with personal issues, it is viewpoints of how the Tour should be run and could be run and what players are playing for and how we are playing for it. I have a completely different stance on that.”

Tiger will tee it up at Southern Hills alongside Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth for the opening two days of the PGA Championship.

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Rickie Fowler not made up his mind yet on ‘interesting’ LIV Golf Series

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In the past month, we’ve seen a handful of aging veterans reportedly apply for a release to play in the LIV Golf Series including Sergio Garcia, Lee Westwood, Martin Kaymer, and others.

To this point, all of the younger stars in golf have pledged their allegiance to the PGA Tour. Jon Rahm, Rory McIlroy, Justin Thomas, Tiger Woods, and Collin Morikawa have all spoken publicly about having no interest in the Greg Norman led Golf Series.

This week, Rickie Fowler had the chance to join them in speaking out in support of staying on Tour, but instead kept his cards close to his chest

When asked about whether or not he is considering joining the LIV Golf Series, he said “It’s an interesting position”.

When he was asked about whether or not he’s been invited to play in the series during a pre-tournament media session at Southern Hills, Fowler admitted that he had.

“To be straightforward with you guys, I haven’t necessarily made a decision one way or the other,’’ Fowler said. “I’ve mentioned in the past, do I currently think the PGA Tour is the best place to play? I do. Do think it can be better? Yes.”

“So I think it’s an interesting position. Obviously there’s the LIV and the Premier (Golf League), as well. These tours or leagues, however you want to classify or call them, they wouldn’t really be coming up if they didn’t see that there was more opportunity out there. I’ve always looked at competition being a good thing. It’s the driving force of our game.

“Being with guys at home, that’s how I always grew up is competing. I think competition ultimately makes people better, whether it’s business, sport. So it’s interesting, that’s for sure.’’

Fowler has struggled in recent years, and has dropped to 146th in the world rankings.

 

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