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Nick Faldo slams absent Phil Mickelson saying his legacy is in danger if he joins the Saudi rebels

Absent PGA champion Phil Mickelson is criticized by Sir Nick Faldo as the former world number one warns the American that he would seriously risk his legacy by choosing the Saudi rebels over returning to the US Tour.

  • Nick Faldo thinks Mickelson will regret choosing the Saudi Golf League
  • The American golfer was not present yesterday at the PGA Championships
  • Faldo praised Mickelson’s victory on the PGA Tour at age 20 as golf’s “greatest achievement”.
  • Mickelson is expected to join forces with the Saudi dissident league

Sir Nick Faldo took aim yesterday at the absence of defending PGA champion Phil Mickelson, warning him that he is in grave danger of ruining his legacy if he does not return to the US Tour.

The Englishman gave his impassioned verdict in a riveting commentary on American television.

“Phil has to get back on the PGA Tour,” Faldo said.

Defending PGA champion Phil Mickelson has yet to be seen in Southern Hills this weekend.

Defending PGA champion Phil Mickelson has yet to be seen in Southern Hills this weekend.

Faldo fears for Mickelson's legacy if the American goes ahead with his plans in the Saudi league

Faldo fears for Mickelson’s legacy if the American goes ahead with his plans in the Saudi league

‘He started off with an incredible achievement, winning on tour at the age of 20 when he was still an amateur.

He then became the oldest winner in PGA history last year, along with Tiger Woods’ 15th win, the greatest achievement I think our game has ever seen.

“It’s amazing to think that those two Phil things are 30 years apart. But, if he joins another tour, one day he’ll look at his trophy case and think, “What’s this all about?”

Mickelson has not been seen since giving two deeply damaging interviews in January, but it is believed he will almost certainly join the Saudi rebels and return at the inaugural LIV golf series event in St Albans next month.

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