While R&A decided not to invite Greg Norman to the ceremonies dedicated to the 150th The Open in history, Phil Mickelson, winner of the Claret Jug in 2013 at Muirfield, announced that he would not participate in these same festivities.
Party on the LIV Golf for the modest sum of 200 million dollars, Phil Mickelson (photo) continues his policy of “scorched earth” – he was not this year at the start of the Masters and the PGA Championship despite his position as holder of the title – by officially announcing that he will not take part in the ceremonies of the 150th The Open in history, in particular those inherent in the Champions Challenge (over four holes) on Monday July 11 and in the dinner of these same champions the following evening in St Andrews.
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The left-hander from San Diego may have wanted here not to meet certain people like Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth or even Tiger Woods, fiercely opposed to the LIV Golf Invitational Series which attracted certain big stars of the PGA Tour and the DP World.
Tower like Dustin Johnson, Lee Westwood, Bryson DeChambeau or even Patrick Reed. It is recalled that the 52-year-old American golfer was suspended from the PGA Tour for joining the dissident League. He also lost several sponsors due to his involvement in LIV Golf and sentiment regarding human rights abuses in Saudi Arabia, with the Kingdom supporting through its Public Investment Fund (PIF) the launched LIV Golf Invitational Series at the beginning of June in the suburbs of London.
Greg Norman, the General Manager of LIV Golf, was deemed persona non grata by the Royal & Ancient. A decision that the Australian, now 67 and former world number 1, found disappointing. “I would have thought the R&A would have stayed on top of it all given its position in world golf,” he told Golf Digest Australia.
It’s petty, because everything I’ve done has grown the game of golf globally, on and off the golf course, for more than four decades…”