Phil Mickelson Withdraws From PGA Championship, Golf World Reacts

Phil Mickelson Withdraws From PGA Championship, Golf World Reacts

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  • Phil Mickelson will not be defending his PGA Championship title at Southern Hills next week.
  • Mickelson has not played a tournament since February.
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It seemed like there was a very real chance Phil Mickelson would make his return to golf at next week’s PGA Championship, but the six-time major winner officially withdrew on Friday.

The PGA Championship released the field for the tournament earlier in the week, and Mickelson’s name was on the list of players set to tee it up at Southern Hills, but that won’t be the case.

The PGA of America released a statement about Mickelson withdrawing stating that “we would have welcomed him to participate.”

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Mickelson has gone dark following the controversial comments he made about both the Saudi-backed LIV Golf Invitational Series and the PGA Tour in February. He referred to the Saudis involved in the rival golf circuit as “scary motherf–kers” and referred to the PGA Tour as a “dictatorship,” among many other things.

Mickelson apologized for his comments a few days later while also announcing he’d be taking a break away from the game. Obviously, that break has been extended through PGA Championship week.

The 51-year-old was registered for the PGA Championship, but he’s also registered for this year’s U.S. Open as well as the inaugural LIV Golf event taking place in June.

Lefty became the oldest player to win a major last year when he hoisted the Wanamaker Trophy at Kiawah Island.

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