Phil Mickelson skips Masters for the first time in nearly 30 years

The reckoning over Phil Mickelson’s embrace of the Saudi Arabia golf tournament continues, as the three-time champion will not compete at this year’s Masters for the first time since 1994.

The Masters is truly a tradition unlike any other: Blue coats, azaleas, white sand cellars. These are the things to consider as the world of golf converges each spring at Augusta National.

In the past 27 years, one thing is for certain at the Masters, three-time champion Phil Mickelson walk to the tee box on Thursday. However, amid controversy over his flirting with the breakaway Saudi Arabia golf tournament, that tradition will end this year.

Mickelson won’t be playing when the Masters start on April 7, Kyle Porter of CBS Sports confirmed on Monday, missed the tournament for the first time since 1994. His consecutive appearances were the third-longest running streak, behind only Larry Mize and Sandy Lyle.

Mickelson played at Augusta National for three decades

Since first beating Magnolia Lane at the age of 20 in 1991, finishing in 46th place, and winning a trip to the Butler Cabin as a low amateur, Mickelson has become synonymous with the playground and leagues like Bobby Jones and Rae’s Creek. His 15 top 10 finishes rank third of all time, behind only Jack Nicklaus and Beh Hogan; he’s just behind Nicklaus with 11 best.

His victory in 2004, leaping into the air on the 18th field after removing the label “best player without starting”, became a moment forever etched in legend. Tournaments. Mickelson was loved by the Masters patrons, and he reciprocated that favor.

That has started to change. Mickelson called the PGA Tour his “obnoxious greed,” and his threat to join the Super Golf League and take money from Saudi Arabia, had eroded public trust in him. Sponsors began to abandon him. Mickelson, once a devotee of the public cult, has suddenly become a villain.

“I know I’m not at my best yet and that I need some more time to prioritize the people I love the most and try to be the man I want to be,” Mickelson said in a statement. public statement released in February. He frankly did not mention the PGA Tour and heaped praise on LIV Golf, the parent company of SGL. He hasn’t been seen on tour since.

The last time Mickelson missed the Masters, Jordan Spieth was 9 months old, Collin Morikawa wasn’t even born and Tiger Woods was still in high school. As long as most of the current generation is alive, Mickelson has been a fixture as the Master. Not this year.

Questions will surround him when he finally returns. Currently, he is not ready to answer them. Phil Mickelson skips Masters for the first time in nearly 30 years

John Verrall

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