Phil Mickelson, great doubts about his future

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Phil Mickelson, great doubts about his future

Phil Mickelson will not be there. The reigning PGA Championship champion will not defend his title in the tournament that kicks off next Thursday in Southern Hills, Tulsa, Oklahoma. The Californian champion has been away from the fields since February, after reactions to an interview in which he admitted that he had negotiated to enter the new Super League, financed by Saudi Arabia, which wants to challenge the PGA Tour by snatching the best players.

Mickelson accused the US tour of greed explaining that players get little money compared to what they earn, but in the same comments he said that for him the Arabs were just a means to fight his battles, knowing full well that "they are bastards with to do business, they killed Khashoggi and have a horrible human rights reputation.

It is enough to be gay to be sentenced to death ”. He words that obviously are not liked in Arabia. Mickelson starred in one of last year's most extraordinary victories when he won the PGA on Kiawah Island at the age of 50 to become the oldest champion in 161 years of Majors.

Mickelson has not played at Saudi International since February 6, where he had been able to participate thanks to an exemption granted by the Pga Tour because the tournament was part of the Asian Tour. was denied. Looks like Phil already got a $ 30 million check from the Arabs as a wage.

Phil Mickelson, situation

Mickelson had regularly entered the PGA championship last week respecting the deadline of 25 April, but his participation had always remained in doubt. His manager had said it was about keeping his options open.

He is the first major champion to fail to defend his title in a major after Rory McIlroy who missed the British Open in St. Andrews in 2015 due to a football injury to his knee. Èd is only the third PGA champion to not defend his title in the past 75 years.

It now remains to understand what Mickelson's future will be. Will he leave the PGA Tour and go to the Arab League? Will he retrace his steps? The first LIV race in England is on the calendar in three weeks and it is still unknown who will be there.

All present risk heavy disqualification from Pga and DpWorld Tour. If Mickelson were to participate, the break with the world of "traditional" golf would probably be definitive. The lack of presence in Tulsa is just the umpteenth testimony of a dramatic moment for him: next week an unauthorized biography will be released, signed by the American journalist Alan Shipnuck in which it is assumed that the American champion has lost insane figures due to the his addiction to gambling and betting.

Up to 10 million dollars a year in the period from 2010 to 2014. A sad career end for one of the most beloved champions in golf, with 6 majors won: three Masters, a British Open and two Pga Championships.