Phil Mickelson Removed From 2022 Masters Field, Will Miss Tournament For First Time Since 1994

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For the first time since 1994, the Masters is unlikely to feature Tiger Woods or Phil Mickelson.

While Woods’ status remains up in the air following his near-fatal crash in February 2021, he is still listed as an eligible participant. As for Mickelson, Sports Illustrated’s Bob Harig reports that the three-time Masters champion has been removed as a participant in the 2022 Masters Tournament from Augusta National Golf Club scheduled for April 7-10. He is instead listed as a former champion who is not playing on the Masters website.

According to Harig’s report, the Masters only removes players from that section of the website upon request. Augusta National confirmed that the request was made.

Mickelson, 51, has been inactive on the PGA Tour since the Farmer’s Insurance Open in January after receiving backlash for his recent comments about possibly joining the upstart Super Golf League (SGL), backed by Saudi Arabia.

“They’re [Saudi Arabia] scary motherfuckers to get involved with,” Mickelson told author Alan Shipnuck. “We know they killed [Washington Post columnist Jamal] Khashoggi and have a horrible record on human rights. They execute people over there for being gay. Knowing all of this, why would I even consider it? Because this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to reshape how the PGA Tour operates.”

After the comments became public, his main sponsor, KPMG, ended its relationship with him. Fellow PGA Tour member Rory McIlroy called Mickelson’s comments “naive, selfish, egotistical, ignorant.”

Mickelson eventually apologized for the comments, releasing a statement via Twitter.

“I have made a lot of mistakes in my life and many have been shared with the public,” Mickelson wrote. “My intent was never to hurt anyone and I’m sorry to the people I have negatively impacted. This has always been about supporting the players and I appreciate all the people who have given me the benefit of doubt.”

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Written by Nick Geddes

Nick Geddes is a 2021 graduate of the University of Central Florida with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism. A life-long sports enthusiast, Nick shares a passion for sports writing and is proud to represent OutKick.


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  1. At the request of whom?

    My guess is at the request of the PGA Tour. This is what happens when you have a monopoly. There is no competition and no accountability. The only part at issue with the golf industrial complex is, “Because this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to reshape how the PGA Tour operates.” The rest of his comments about the Saudis is the overwhelming sentiment in the lame stream media, so that’s not really the issue.

    And Rory is the ultimate corporate shill. All he wants to do is rake in all the cash he can. He could care less about the other players. I don’t like him at all.

    Phil should show up at the Washington Road Hooters which is about a mile from the course and hang out with John Daly. That would be fun and entertaining.

    And I agree, he should stop apologizing.

  2. Phil saying that the Saudi’s are scary and have a horrible record on human rights indicates they’re a lot like the CCP. Like the tools in the NBA, Phil would have no problem playing on their tour. Doesn’t seem right to me.

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