Defending champion Phil Mickelson has withdrawn from the impending PGA Championship after deciding to increase his hiatus from golfing.
The 51-year-old has now not performed in a event since February after receiving grievance for feedback in regards to the Saudi-backed Golf collection and accusing the PGA Tour of greed.
Mickelson made historical past within the PGA final 12 months when he gained at Kiawah Island to change into the oldest champion in 161 years of the majors.
The American, who has gained six majors in overall, met the closing date to play in subsequent week’s PGA Championship however his supervisor published final week there was once some doubt over his look.
Tournament organisers have now showed their reigning champion has pulled out, writing on social media: ‘We have simply been knowledgeable that Phil Mickelson has withdrawn from the PGA Championship.
‘Phil is the protecting champion and lately eligible to be a PGA Life Member and we’d have welcomed him to take part.
‘We wish Phil and [wife] Amy the very best and look forward to his return to golf.’
Mickelson is solely the 3rd PGA champion to not protect his identify within the final 75 years, following Tiger Woods in 2008 and Ben Hogan in 1949.
In February, Mickelson mentioned he regrets his ‘reckless’ feedback a few proposed Saudi-backed breakaway league.
He mentioned: ‘Although it doesn’t glance this manner now given my fresh feedback, my movements all the way through this procedure have all the time been with the most efficient hobby of golfing, my friends, sponsors, and lovers.
‘There is the issue of off-record feedback being shared out of context and with out my consent however the larger factor is that I used phrases I sincerely be apologetic about that don’t mirror my true emotions or intentions.
‘It was reckless, I offended people, and I am deeply sorry for my choice of words. I’m past disillusioned and can make each effort to self-reflect and be informed from this.’
Southern Hills Country Club in Oklahoma will host its 5th PGA Championship from May 19-22.
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