A statement from the PGA Championship organizers read: Phil is the defending champion and currently eligible for PGA Life Membership and we would have welcomed him.
Last update: 05/13/22 10:35 p.m.
Phil Mickelson has retired from the PGA Championship next week and will not be defending his title.
Mickelson has taken a break from golf since the fallout from his explosive comments on the PGA Tour and the Saudi-backed breakaway led by Greg Norman.
The six-time major winner signed up for the US PGA and next month’s US Open on March 25 and has also requested a release from the PGA Tour to play in the inaugural LIV Golf Invitational Series event from June 9-11.
That request was denied by the PGA Tour earlier this week.
A statement from the PGA Championship organizers read: “We have just been informed that Phil Mickelson has retired from the PGA Championship. Phil is the defending champion and currently eligible for PGA Life Membership and we would have liked participate.
“We wish Phil and Amy the best and look forward to his return to golf.”
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