“We’re trying to deliver a championship, not a circus”: PGA hopes to avoid Phil Mickelson drama amidst comeback rumours

Amidst rumours of Phil Mickelson returning, the PGA is hoping for a quiet championship, not a chaotic circus.

Phil Mickelson
Phil Mickelson

The PGA Championship is just a week away from starting, and the rumours of Phil Mickelson coming to play has raised quite a few eyebrows, especially those of PGA CEO Seth Waugh.

It is still in doubt whether Phil will actually be participating, but his name has been listed along with Tiger Woods. Mickelson won the PGA Championship last year- the second event that he has won. As Mickelson comes back to play, Waugh said that he can only hope that the Championship is not chaotic in Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

“I hope what we can do is have that [the press conference] before the flag goes up,” Waugh said, according to foxnews.com. “The idea is if he does play, and if he’s able to and allowed to… he would certainly have to face the media. But I hope it’s Monday or Tuesday… What we’re trying to do is deliver a major championship, not a circus.”

Phil Mickelson’s attendance at PGA Championship not yet confirmed

Phil Mickelson
Phil Mickelson

Mickelson attracted a very chaotic crowd last year at the PGA Championships, frustrating Brooks Koepka and forcing the PGA to apologize. Mickelson has not shied away from creating a good amount of controversy, as he recently talked quite a lot about Saudi Arabia, and the LIV golf series it is backing.

Yet, he is considering being a part of the series, and he even explained why. “They’re scary mother——s to get involved with,” Phil Mickelson reportedly said. “We know they killed [Washington Post reporter Jamal] Khashoggi and have a horrible record on human rights. They execute people over there for being gay. Knowing all of this, why would I even consider it? Because this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to reshape how the PGA Tour operates.”

After catching a lot of flack for his statement, Mickelson apologised for his words and said that he would “reflect on them”.

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