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Phil Mickelson resigns to defend his PGA Championship and rumors grow about his farewell to the ring

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Increased uncertainty about their future in PGA circuitVeteran American golfer Phil Mickelson He resigned Friday to defend his historic PGA title, the second Grand Slam of the year, in the new edition next week in Tulsa (Oklahoma). “We have just learned that Phil Mickelson has withdrawn from the PGA Championship,” the tournament announced on its Twitter account on Friday. Phil is the title holder and is currently eligible for PGA Life membership and we would welcome his participation.

a year ago, The Californian achieved an epic victory in this tournament at the age of 50, Being the oldest Grand Slam winner in history. Mickelson, who has six major titles, has not competed on the PGA Tour since his controversial comments were made public in February in support of the new Saudi-backed competition, the LIV Golf Series, which opens next month. The golfer then said that despite Saudi Arabia’s “horrible human rights record”, he would consider participating in the project as a means of lobbying for better players on the PGA Tour.

Mickelson He later apologized for his comments, which cost him the loss of several sponsorships, but he has not returned to competition since he missed the opportunity to participate in the Farmers Insurance Open in late January. The American is one of the players who I applied for a permit from the PGA To compete in the first LIV Golf Series event in London on June 9-11, which the American circuit refused to concede.

LIV Golf Series includes eight scheduled events In its inaugural year, four of them are in the United States, but it has yet to announce the participating golfers. A week ago, Spaniard Sergio Garcia, winner of the Augusta Masters in 2017, hinted he could join the competition during a protest against the PGA official at the Wells Fargo Championship.

Phil Mickelson was the winner of the 2021 PGA Championship at Kiawah Island, South CarolinaDavid J. Philip – AFP
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Mickelson accused the round of a “hateful greed” During an interview with Golf Digest. Two weeks later, in an excerpt from an unauthorized biography of Alan Shipnock due to be published next week, Mickelson revealed how he worked behind the scenes to promote the rival league funded by the Public Investment Fund and run by former golfer Greg Norman.

Mickelson denied the atrocities attributed to Saudi Arabia human rights, including the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist. He noted that the Saudi support would have been worth it, if he provided the strength to make the desired changes to the PGA Tour. since then, It was out of public view.

Mickelson Sign up live on the edge for the PGA Championship On April 25, though, his manager commented that Southpaw wasn’t sure about participating but wanted to keep his options open. He is only the third PGA Champion not to defend his title in the last 75 years.

tiger wood He sat in 2008 while recovering from reconstructive surgery on his left knee and Ben Hogan sat in 1949 while recovering from an accident in which a truck collided with his car. The last time a major champion did not appear the following year to defend his title was in 2015. Rory McIlroy did not return to St Andrews due to a knee injury he sustained while playing football.

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