Phil Mickelson will not be playing in The Masters this year, and it will be the first time the three-time champion hasn’t been in the field at Augusta National since 1994.
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The lefty was also moved from the list of “Invitees” to the list of “Past Champions Not Playing” Monday.
Just last year, at the age of 50, Mickelson became the oldest major champion when he won the PGA Championship. It was his sixth major victory and first since winning the Open Championship in 2013.
His wins at The Masters came in 2004, 2006 and 2010.
Mickelson called out the PGA Tour for “obnoxious greed” in February. Among other things, individual players not owning the rights to their own media was a particular focal point of his frustration.
He’s also talked at length about the Saudi-funded “Super Golf League,” and how its inception could change the PGA Tour. And while he’s since apologized for his comments, he hasn’t teed it up since the Saudi International on Feb. 6, and has said he’s taking time away from the game to sort out his priorities.
Since, he’s lost sponsorships with KPMG and Amstel Light. Workday won’t be renewing its contract with Mickelson, and his relationship with Callaway Golf has been paused. Furthermore, American Express passed on Mickelson hosting its annual tournament in La Quinta, CA next year.
For what it’s worth, PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan wants to talk to Mickelson before the 51-year-old lefty returns to play on tour.
Before opting out of The Masters, Mickelson wasn’t a favorite to win his fourth green jacket given the following odds.
Phil Mickelson 2022 The Masters Odds
FanDuel Sportsbook: +10000
Caesars Sportsbook: +8000
DraftKings Sportsbook: +8000
Finally, to put the longevity of Mickelson’s run at Augusta National into perspective: