Phil Mickelson Pulls Out Of PGA Championship, Extending Hiatus After Saudi Comments

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Phil Mickelson withdrew Friday from the PGA Championship, electing to widen his hiatus from play pursuing his incendiary comments astir a Saudi-funded rival league helium supports and the PGA Tour helium accused of greed.

Mickelson made past successful the PGA past twelvemonth erstwhile helium won astatine Kiawah Island astatine property 50, making him the oldest champion successful 161 years of the majors.

He has not played since Feb. 6 astatine the Saudi International and has been retired of nationalist view.

Mickelson met the deadline to motion up for the PGA Championship connected April 25, though his manager said Lefty was unsure astir playing but wanted to support his options open.

The PGA of America announced his determination connected societal media.

He is lone the 3rd PGA champion not to support his rubric successful the past 75 years. Tiger Woods missed successful 2008 portion recovering from reconstructive genu surgery, and Ben Hogan couldn’t play successful 1949 portion recovering from his car getting struck by a bus.

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