Both Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods have been confirmed to play in the PGA Championship next week. This will mark the first tournament played by Mickelson after his controversial comments about the Saudi backed LIV Golf Invitational Series and Woods’ first tournament since the Masters that concluded last month.
Woods and Mickelson and among seventeen PGA Champions in the field for the year’s second major. The tournament will be held from the 19th of May to the 22nd at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Competing this year, Mickelson becomes the oldest gold major champion at last year’s PGA Championship. Mickelson is also the defending champion at the PGA Championship after he won last year at Torrey Pines. That win marked the 45th win of his career as well as his sixth major.
“We’ll get into it”
Woods has already committed to play The Open at St. Andrews in July. He played a practice round at Southern Hills last months. The last time the PGA Championship was held there, Woods emerged victorious for the fourth time. He spoke about competing after the Masters last month, saying, “I think it needs a couple more days to heal after this, but we’ll get back after it, and we’ll get into it. I don’t quite have the endurance I would like to have had, but as of a few weeks ago, didn’t even know if I was going to play in this event”.
“To go from that to here, we’re excited about the prospects of the future, about training about getting into that gym and doing some stuff to get my leg stronger, which we haven’t been able to do because it needed more time to heal”.
Mickelson made some very controversial statements about the LIV Golf Invitational series in his book with Alan Shipnuck, which prompted backlash from golf legend Greg Norman. “It hurt a lot of aspects. It hurt the PGA Tour. It hurt us, It hurt the game of golf. It definitely created negative momentum against us,” Norman said recently.