Mickelson asks PGA Tour to be released to participate in LIV Golf event


January 20, 2022; La Quinta, California, USA; Phil Mickelson plays his shot from the third tee during the first round of the American Express golf tournament at La Quinta Country Club. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez – USA TODAY Sports

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April 25 (Reuters) – Phil Mickelson has asked the PGA Tour for a release that would allow him to play the first LIV Golf Invitational Series event near London in June and he has also signed up to play the PGA Championship and the US Open , his agent. said.

Players had until Monday to submit a request to the PGA Tour to participate in a contentious tour event. The first LIV Golf Invitational will be held June 9-11 at the Centurion Golf Club outside London.

The six-time major champion has also submitted his bid for next month’s PGA Championship, where he is the defending champion, and June’s US Open.

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“Phil currently has no concrete plans on when or where he will play,” Steve Loy, co-chairman of Sportfive, said in a statement.

“Any action taken is in no way a reflection of a final decision being made, but rather of keeping all options open.”

Mickelson announced in February that he was taking a break from the sport after critical comments he made in an interview on the PGA Tour and the Saudi-backed LIV golf league surfaced. Read more

The 51-year-old didn’t take part in this month’s Masters.

Fifteen-time major champion, Tiger Woods was also on the preliminary lists for the PGA Championship, which will be held in Southern Hills.

Woods had a car crash in February 2021 that nearly forced doctors to amputate his right leg, but he managed to compete at the Masters, where he made the cut but finished 47th.

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Reporting by Rory Carroll in Los Angeles; Editing by Stephen Coates

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