Three-time Masters champion Phil Mickelson will not compete at Augusta National Golf Club this year.
Mickelson, who won the green jacket in 2004, 2006 and 2010, is not listed in the field of active players for the Masters. The six-time major winner and member of the World Golf Hall of Fame is listed as a past champion who is not playing, according to the tournament’s website.
was the first to report the news.
Mickelson is on a leave of absence from golf; he last played on the PGA Tour at the Farmers Insurance Open in January. The reigning PGA champion, who became the oldest winner of a major at Kiawah last year, played in his first Masters in 1993. He’s played in the tournament every year since 1995.
Mickelson has been embroiled in controversy for derogatory comments he made to Golf Digest and Fire Pit Collective about the PGA Tour and its commissioner, Jay Monahan, as well as the repressive Saudi Arabia regime, which is bankrolling a breakaway league led by Greg Norman that will rival the PGA Tour.
Mickelson called out the PGA Tour for its “obnoxious greed,” and said he would use the rival league backed by enormous financial resources as leverage against the PGA Tour despite the country’s long history of human rights abuses.
A Masters without Phil Mickelson is so foreign and makes me think he is suspended. Past Champions at Augusta don’t stop playing, unless you’re Trevor Immelman, until they’re well into their 70s. My apologies too Trevor if he is injured currently. Phil has been in hiding since the Fire Pit article came out that led to his sponsors bailing so you’ve got to think after making such inflammatory comments he got a couple-month slap on the wrist. Lefty has a legitimate chance of winning at Augusta, as most freakishly talented left-handed players do. When you play from the wrong side of the ball the push fade works like a dream at The Masters. Conversely right-handed players have to hit tight draws that don’t dive out of the sky. The spinny draw is a very difficult shot to hit over 72 holes. Another name that was strangely missing from the list is Tiger Woods… why on earth would they not list the 5-time champion and recent HOF inductee? I’m sure the list I saw wasn’t anything too official, but why would you list “El Pato” and not Dubs.