While the reigning champion continues his break, Phil Mickelson withdraws from the 2022 PGA Championship

While the reigning champion continues his break, Phil Mickelson withdraws from the 2022 PGA Championship

The PGA of America confirmed on Friday that reigning champion Phil Mickelson will not compete in the PGA Championship, which will be held at Southern Hills next week for the 104th time. Despite being added to the official field on Monday, there was still doubt about whether the 51-year-old would be in attendance in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Charl Schwartzel will replace Mickelson in the field, while Kramer Hickok will also enter the field for Harris English, who himself withdrew Friday due to injury.

The PGA of America issued a statement saying, “We have just been told that Phil Mickelson has withdrawn from the PGA Championship.” “Phil is the defending champion and is currently eligible for PGA Life Membership, so he would have been a great addition to the field. We wish Phil and Amy the best of luck and eagerly await his return to golf.”

Mickelson reached the highest of highs last year when he became the oldest major champion in history with his victory at the Ocean Course at Kiawah Island, fending off the likes of Brooks Koepka and Louis Oosthuizen. Since then, Lefty has fallen into hot water due to his connection to LIV Golf, the Saudi-backed golf league aiming to rival the PGA Tour.

Our client Phil Mickelson is officially registered to play in the PGA Championship as well as the U.S. Open,” Loy stated. “We have also filed a request on his behalf for a release to play in the first LIV Golf Invitational in London, June 9-11.”

The six-time major winner has not been seen in a PGA Tour event since January at the Farmers Insurance Open, and he has been out of competition since the Saudi International in early February after his remarks about the Saudi Arabia regime were made public. That did not stop his agent, Steve Loy, from releasing a statement on April 25 regarding his potential playing schedule.

A great deal has transpired since this statement was made public, as PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan has denied all waiver requests for those golfers who sought to participate in the first LIV Golf Invitational event. This leaves Mickelson in an even stickier situation. He could very well ignore Monahan’s decision and play in London despite the potential of disciplinary measures from the PGA Tour. However, what would this mean for Mickelson’s career grand slam aspirations?

Without a U.S. Open trophy, the year’s third major championship is set to take place June 16-19, the week following the first LIV Golf Invitational event. The United State Golf Association will have to make a stand one way or another when it comes to Mickelson and other LIV Golf participants.

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