For the primary time since 1994, the PGA Tour’s premier occasion, the Masters, is unlikely to characteristic Tiger Woods or Phil Mickelson.
Whereas Woods’ standing stays up within the air following his near-fatal crash in February 2021, he’s nonetheless listed as an eligible participant. As for Mickelson, Sports Illustrated’s Bob Harig reviews that the three-time Masters champion has been eliminated as a participant within the 2022 Masters Match from Augusta Nationwide Golf Membership scheduled for April 7-10. He’s as a substitute listed as a former champion who isn’t taking part in on the Masters web site.
Mickelson, 51, has been inactive on the tour for the reason that Farmer’s Insurance coverage Open in January after receiving backlash for his current feedback about probably becoming a member of the upstart Tremendous Golf League (SGL), backed by Saudi Arabia.
“They’re [Saudi Arabia] scary motherfuckers to get entangled with,” Mickelson informed creator Alan Shipnuck. “We all know they killed [Washington Post columnist Jamal] Khashoggi and have a horrible file on human rights. They execute folks over there for being homosexual. Understanding all of this, why would I even take into account it? As a result of it is a once-in-a-lifetime alternative to reshape how the PGA Tour operates.”
After the feedback turned public, his essential sponsor, KPMG, ended its relationship with him. Fellow PGA Tour member Rory McIlroy referred to as Mickelson’s feedback “naive, egocentric, egotistical, ignorant.”
Mickelson finally apologized for the feedback, releasing a press release through Twitter.
“I’ve made a number of errors in my life and lots of have been shared with the general public,” Mickelson wrote. “My intent was by no means to harm anybody and I’m sorry to the folks I’ve negatively impacted. This has at all times been about supporting the gamers and I respect all of the individuals who have given me the good thing about doubt.”
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