Phil Mickelson has withdrawn from the upcoming event PGA Championship at Southern Hills and continues his golf vacation.
The PGA of America declared that the decision was in Mickelson's hands, saying in a statement: "We would welcome him to partake."
The news came as a bit of a surprise since the 51-year-old Mickelson is the reigning PGA champion. Following a February interview with Fire Pit Collective last November, Mickelson said he was using Saudi-backed golf courses as leverage against the PGA Tour and claimed he had hired lawyers to enforce the league's operating charter to create- Mickelson has been hidden from the public.
“The past 10 years I have felt the pressure and stress slowly affecting me at a deeper level,” Mickelson said in a Feb. 22 statement, acknowledging his “reckless” comments. “I know I have not been my best and desperately need some time away to prioritize the ones I love most and work on being the man I want to be.”
Mickelson said in a Feb. 22 announcement, "Over the past 10 years, I have experience pressure and stress that has gradually affected me on a deeper level”. "I know I'm not doing the best I can and I desperately want some time to prioritize the people I love the most and try to be who I want to be."
The holiday will now replace the ceremonial victory lap that was supposed to take place at Southern Hills.
Mickelson missed his first Masters in April, as he has won the tournament three times since 1994. He was last time played in the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines in January, and his last global appearance was at the Saudi International in February.