AUGUSTA, Ga. — Augusta Nationwide Golf Membership chairman Fred Ridley stated three-time Masters champion Phil Mickelson pulled out of this yr’s match and was eligible to compete if he wished to.
Mickelson notified Ridley, through textual content message, in late February or early March that he wouldn’t be taking part in on this week’s Masters.
“I wish to say we didn’t disinvite Phil,” Ridley stated throughout a information convention Wednesday. “Phil is a three-time Masters champion and is invited in that class and plenty of different classes; he’s the defending PGA champion.
“Phil reached out to me … and let me know that he didn’t intend to play. That was by means of a textual content, and I thanked him for his courtesy in letting me know. I instructed him that we actually appreciated that and, you understand, instructed him that I used to be actually prepared to debate that additional with him if he’d like. He thanked me, and we had a really cordial alternate.”
Mickelson, who final yr grew to become the oldest main champion at 50 along with his sudden victory on the PGA Championship at Kiawah Island, South Carolina, hasn’t performed in a PGA Tour occasion in additional than two months. He final performed on the Farmers Insurance coverage Open in late January and missed the reduce.
On Feb. 17, writer Alan Shipnuck posted Mickelson’s controversial feedback in regards to the PGA Tour and a proposed breakaway league being funded by Saudi Arabia’s Public Funding Fund, the nation’s sovereign wealth fund, which has an estimated price of $500 billion.
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“They’re scary motherf—ers to get entangled with,” Mickelson instructed Shipnuck, who posted an excerpt of his upcoming e book, “Phil: The Rip-Roaring (and Unauthorized!) Biography of Golf’s Most Colourful Famous person,” on the Hearth Pit Collective web site.
“… They killed [Washington Post journalist and U.S. resident Jamal] Khashoggi and have a horrible document on human rights,” Mickelson continued, in an interview that Shipnuck stated befell in November. “They execute individuals over there for being homosexual. Realizing all of this, why would I even think about it? As a result of this can be a once-in-a-lifetime alternative to reshape how the PGA Tour operates.”
Mickelson’s feedback had been criticized by fellow PGA Tour professionals. Just a few of his longtime sponsors, together with KPMG, Amstel Mild and Workday, ended their relationships with him. Callaway paused its relationship with Mickelson, a six-time main winner.
Mickelson later apologized for his feedback.
“It was reckless, I offended individuals, and I’m deeply sorry for my selection of phrases,” Mickelson wrote in his apology. “I’m past upset and can make each effort to self-reflect and study from this.”
Mickelson wrote that he can be taking a break from taking part in golf. PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan stated eventually month’s Gamers Championship that he hadn’t but spoken to Mickelson.
“I do know I’ve not been my finest and desperately want a while away to prioritize those I like most and work on being the person I need to be,” Mickelson wrote.
It could have been Mickelson’s thirtieth Masters look. He final gained a inexperienced jacket in 2010.
“He made a private resolution, and I don’t know something past that,” Ridley stated. “I do know that Phil has been an actual fixture right here on the Masters for a lot of, a few years. He’s been a giant a part of our historical past. I actually and we actually want him one of the best form of working by means of the problems he’s coping with proper now.”
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