Phil Mickelson will not be playing in the 2022 Masters Tournament. On the official tournament website, Mickelson’s name was not listed in Masters Field.
Phil Mickelson is no longer listed in the Masters field. pic.twitter.com/uBdZGTnnt4
— GOLF.com (@GOLF_com) March 21, 2022
Mickelson is listed as a “past champion not playing.” According to an ESPN article, in an interview with the author of “Phil: The Rip-Roaring (and Unauthorized!) Biography of Golf’s Most Colorful Superstar,” Alan Shipnack, Mickelson made comments regarding Saudi Arabia’s golf league. He said he would join what Saudi was proposing because it is “a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to reshape how the PGA Tour operates.”
Saudi Arabia’s golf league has deep pockets and is offering “big money” to top players to get them away from the main tours. According to an ESPN article, Mickelson said in the interview “Saudi money has finally given us that leverage” to change the PGA. Mickelson was criticized for his comments. He apologized for them and said he would be taking a break from golf to prioritize his family and bettering himself as a man. Mickelson lost a number amount of sponsors due to his comments. According to an ESPN article, many golfers including Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson and Bryson DeChambeau, spoke out to reiterate their commitment to the PGA Tour.
No Phil Mickelson in The Masters for the first time since 1994pic.twitter.com/JGBJ1i1V6N
— PointsBet Sportsbook (@PointsBetUSA) March 22, 2022
The Masters starts on April 7.