Tuesday, June 28, 2022

‘It’s sad’: McIlroy laments Mickelson’s absence from the PGA Championship

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Rory McIlroy said it was “sad” and “unfortunate” that Phil Mickelson is not in Southern Hills to defend the PGA Championship after his extraordinary win last year.

The 51-year-old, who became golf’s oldest major champion with his triumph at Kiawah Island, has not played competitively since his controversial comments about a Saudi-backed golf league.

McIlroy labeled Mickelson “naïve, egotistical, egotistical, ignorant” after the six-time major champion admitted he was aware of Saudi Arabia’s human rights abuses but nonetheless liked to use the opposing league as leverage against the PGA’s “intolerable greed”. used tour.

The comments caused Mickelson to take an extended hiatus from golf, while several of his longtime sponsors decided to cut ties with him.

McIlroy, chairman of the PGA Tour’s Player Advisory Council, softened his stance when questioned about Mickelson’s absence ahead of Tuesday’s second major of the year.

“It’s supposed to be a party, right? At 50 he won a major championship. It was possibly his last big, big moment in golf,” McIlroy said.

“He should be. I think he should be here this week celebrating what a monumental achievement he made last year. It’s unfortunate. It’s sad. I don’t know what else to say.”

McIlory, who claimed the Saudi Breakaway League was “dead in the water” after Mickelson’s comments saw several players flirting with the proposal rather than pledge their commitment to the PGA Tour, admitted he was “in it a little bit.” might have been presumptuous period”.

“It looks like it’s still going,” he said. “Greg [Norman] and everyone behind is very determined. I think we’ll just have to see how it develops. Boys will make decisions. Honestly, it’s going to shape the future of professional golf in one way or another, so I think we’ll just have to see how it all plays out.”

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