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“No longer participating” – Phil Mickelson has officially withdrawn from the PGA Championship

Phil Mickelson has withdrawn from the PGA Championship.

Phil Mickelson

Golfer Phil Mickelson has withdrawn from the PGA Championship as announced by the PGA of America on Friday. Although he was registered for the event, there was speculation about his attendance for the event in Oklahoma. “We have just been informed that Phil Mickelson was withdrawn from the PGA Championship”.

Phil is the defending champion and currently eligible to be a PGA Life Member and we would have welcomed him to participate. We wish Phil and Amy the very best and look forward to his return to golf,” PGA of America said in a statement. Charl Schwartzel is set to replace Mickelson in the field.

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He has also filed an entry for the LIV Golf Invitational Series

Phil Mickelson

A while ago, Mickelson’s pr team released a statement saying that he had registered for both the PGA Tour and the US Open as well as had filed a request to play in the Saudi backed LIV Golf Invitational series in London. A great deal has happened since their statement was released. PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan has denied all waiver requests for golfers who wished to play in the LIV Golf Invitational Series. Any players who chose to play could potentially face a lifetime ban from the PGA Tour.

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Mickelson could choose to ignore this decision and play in London and face disciplinary actions from the PGA Championship and there would be an adverse impact on his career, including his grand slam aspirations. Without a U.S Open trophy, this year’s third championship is set to take place from June 16 to June 19 and the LIV Golf Invitational is set to place a week after that.

The United State Golf Association will have to make a stand one way or another regarding Mickelson and other LIV Golf participants. Greg Norman, an executive for the LIV Golf Invitational Series has said that he is willing to take legal steps to make sure that the PGA Tour treat players fairly.

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