In the aftermath of comments made about Saudi Arabia's regime but offering support towards a rival golf league as leverage against the PGA Tour, Phil Mickelson has pulled out of participating in the 2022 Masters. A three-time winner at Augusta, Mickelson is listed among former champions who will not be playing. In February Mickelson acknowledged Saudis as 'scary mother*******', but admitted that he nonetheless supported the Saudis in the formation of a new golf league proposed by Greg Norman. Mickelson soon found himself losing numerous sponsors, including Callaway, Workday, KPMG and Amstel Light. Much of Mickelson's $50 million income in 2021 came from sponsorships. Mickelson announced that he would be taking time away from golf and this will be the first time since 1994 that he will not be taking part at Augusta. There is no word yet on whether the 51-year old will be defending his PGA Tournament championship in May.
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