Phil Mickelson withdraws from the PGA Championship

Phil Mickelson will not be defending his historic PGA title next week at Southern Hills.

The 2021 PGA champion, who has not played competitively in over three months and has been in exile For the explosive and controversial comments Announced the PGA Tour and the Saudi-backed League Tour, on Friday withdrew from the 104th PGA Championship, the PGA of America announced.

“We have just learned that Phil Mickelson has withdrawn from the PGA Championship,” a statement from the US PGA said. “Phil is the title holder and is currently eligible to be a member of PGA Life and we were welcome to participate. We wish Phil and [wife] Amy is the best and we look forward to his return to golf.”

Mickelson, who has won six majors, including three Masters and two PGA Championships, last month withdrew from the Masters. It was the first time he hadn’t played for Augusta since 1994.

Last year, on Kiawah Island, he became the oldest major champion in golf with a win at the age of 50.

Mickelson has not played on the PGA Tour since he missed the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines in late January, and played last February for Saudi International.

Following the publication of golf writer Alan Shipnock, who writes an autobiography on Mickelson Sharp comments from Mickelsonwho claimed it was a private conversation, the 51-year-old Mickelson issued a statement of apology He said he’s going to take some time away from the game.

What followed were longstanding sponsors Amstel Light, KPMG, and Workday End their relationship with him. Callaway, who in 2017 signed a contract with Mickelson until the end of his football career, “discontinued” her relationship with him.

PGA CEO Seth Waugh, in a recent interview with the 5 Clubs podcast, made the comment that Mickelson might have been serving a suspension ban imposed on the PGA Tour when Waugh talked about Mickelson getting a press conference out of the way before teeing Again if he decides to play next week.

“The idea is for him to play, and if he’s able and allows him to… he’ll definitely have to face the media,” Wu said. “But I hope it will be on Monday or Tuesday. What we are trying to do is offer a major tournament and not a circus.”

Waugh’s “if he’d allowed” comment raised questions that he might have known something the rest of us don’t.

The PGA of America and the PGA Tour are separate governing bodies, but Commissioner Waugh and the PGA Tour Jay Monahan are close and largely compatible with each other in terms of policies.

Waugh revealed that he’s had conversations with Mickelson and said, “I think he’s trying to figure out what time is right for him. I think the game is trying to figure out what time is right for him as well. How long is enough?”