Phil Mickelson will miss the tournament for the first time in 28 years – with the absence of the US PGA champion announced a month after remarks he made about Saudi Arabia emerged
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US PGA champion Phil Mickelson is set to miss leading golf tournament the Masters for the first time in 28 years – with his absence emerging a month after controversial remarks he made about the Saudi Arabia-backed Super Golf League (SGL) became public.
Three-time Masters winner Mickelson has been listed on the tournament website as a ‘past champion not playing’ ahead of the start of play at the Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia on April 7.
The 45-time event winner, who has earned millions of dollars in prize money during his celebrated career, had given his backing to the SGL.
The league is owned by the LIV Golf company, which is funded by the Public Investment Fund – the sovereign wealth fund of Saudi Arabia.