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US PGA Championship organisers confirm Phil Mickelson will NOT defend his title next week

US PGA Championship organizers confirm Phil Mickelson will NOT defend his title next week… after the six-time major winner’s request to play in the first event of the Saudi-backed breakaway was denied Saudi

  • Phil Mickelson has been taking a break from the PGA Tour comments
  • He also spoke about the Saudi-backed breakout spearheaded by Greg Norman.
  • The six-time major winner has signed up for the US PGA and next month’s US Open.
  • But the request to be released to play the first event of the LIV Golf Invitational Series was denied.

Phil Mickelson will not defend his title at next week’s US PGA Championship in Southern Hills, tournament organizers have announced.

Mickelson has been taking a break from golf since the fallout from his explosive comments on the PGA Tour and the Saudi-backed breakout spearheaded by Greg Norman.

The six-time major winner has registered for next month’s US PGA and US Open on March 25 and has also applied for a PGA Tour release to play the inaugural LIV Golf Invitational Series event on June 9-11.

Phil Mickelson will not defend his title at next week's US PGA Championship

Phil Mickelson will not defend his title at next week’s US PGA Championship

He is taking a break after his comments on the Saudi-backed jailbreak led by Greg Norman (above)

He is taking a break after his comments on the Saudi-backed jailbreak led by Greg Norman (above)

Earlier this week, the PGA Tour denied that request to give players permission to play at St Albans next month, which offers a prize fund of £20m.

In a post on Twitter, the PGA of America wrote: “We have just been informed that Phil Mickelson has withdrawn from the PGA Championship.

‘Phil is the defending champion and is currently eligible for PGA Life Membership and we would have welcomed him to participate.

“We wish Phil and Amy (his wife) the best and look forward to their return to golf.”

The PGA Tour denied Mickelson's request to be released to play the first LIV Golf Invitational Series event.

The PGA Tour denied Mickelson’s request to be released to play the first LIV Golf Invitational Series event.

Mickelson’s win at Kiawah Island made him the oldest winner of a men’s major championship, his two-stroke win over Brooks Koepka and Louis Oosthuizen coming just a month shy of his 51st birthday.

With the DP World Tour believed to be following suit, players like Phil Mickelson, Sergio Garcia and Lee Westwood would be exposed to penalties if they play.

But Norman promised that LIV Golf will pay the fines of any rebels who risk punishment for joining his controversial Saudi-backed getaway, and even represent them in court.

“They can fine you, ban you for life, or temporarily suspend you,” Norman said. “We have $2 billion behind us, we have an amazing legal team, and we’re still going to stand up for player rights.”

Norman (R) promised that LIV Golf will pay the fines of any rebels who risk being penalized, including Mickelson (L)

Norman (R) promised that LIV Golf will pay the fines of any rebels who risk being penalized, including Mickelson (L)

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