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Defending champion Phil Mickelson withdraws from 2022 PGA Championship field

Phil Mickelson has withdrawn from the 2022 PGA Championship, PGA of America announced Friday. Mickelson, the defending champion, was listed in the field released Monday, as was Tiger Woods.

The second major of the season runs May 19-22 at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Okla.

“We have just been informed that Phil Mickelson has withdrawn from the PGA Championship. Phil is the defending champion and currently eligible to be a PGA Life Member and we would have welcomed him to participate,” the PGA of America said in a statement on social media. “We wish Phil and (his wife) Amy the very best and look forward to his return to golf.”

Mickelson has not played since finishing T18 in the Saudi International in early February. The 51-year-old has been ensnared in rampant controversy and criticism of his decision to align with a potential breakaway Saudi golf league. Mickelson skipped both The Players Championship and the Masters, and lost numerous sponsors.

Mickelson subsequently issued an apology for comments that he was OK aligning with Saudi financial backers in order to gain leverage over the PGA Tour, despite acknowledging their “horrible record on human rights.” Mickelson also announced he would be stepping away from the game for the immediate future.

Mickelson is currently ranked No. 58 in the world. His best finish in 13 tournaments since edging Brooks Koepka at Kiawah Island last summer is a T17 at the WGC St. Jude.

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