Fred Ridley: ‘We didn’t ban Phil Mickelson from coming’


Asked about the subject “Phil Mickelson”, the president of the Augusta National Golf Club denied the rumor that circulated in relation to a possible refusal of the members of the committee to invite the left-hander this year.

The multiple speculations around the absence of Phil Mickelson ended when the president of Augusta explained that the three-time champion of the teachers he had not been “uninvited”.

Since you announced I want to withdraw, Phil Michaelson has not reappeared. Many thought that she would return for the first major of the season, but the Californian’s name was quietly placed on a list of former champions not playing on the official tournament website for 3 weeks.

“We do not disinvite you. He is a three-time Masters winner. “, I have answered Fred S Ridleythe president of Augusta National, spoke this Wednesday with the press. “Phil made this decision alone. »

An exchange by SMS

According to Ridley, Mickelson notified him of his absence this year by text message.

“He contacted me at the end of February, beginning of March and let me know that he had no intention of playing. It was by text message. I thanked her for her courtesy. »

Mickelson last played in the PGA Tour when the court failed Open Farmers Insurance in Torrey Pines, at the end of January. His last appearance in a tournament was the Saudi International (February 3-6) in Jeddah.

Other unconfirmed information, Mickelson is currently suspended by the PGA Tour. The boss of the PGA Tour, Jay Monahanrecently said there would be a talk with Mickelson before considering a comeback after his comments about the greed of the American tour and his desire to join Greg Norman’s Saudi Golf League.

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