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Phil Mickelson’s Mistreatment at Masters Continues; Lefty’s Bizarre Augusta Conduct Hides a Bitter Truth

Published 04/12/2024, 2:30 PM EDT

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Becoming silent at the Champions Dinner seems to be becoming a pattern for Phil Mickelson. Why? Because what happened last year during the Champions Dinner happened this year too!

Lefty’s last year’s appearance on Masters Tuesday night dinner could only be described as “awkward.”. According to Fuzzy Zoeller, the 1979 Masters champion, Phil Mickelson “sat near the end of the table” and “didn’t speak at all” throughout the evening. As per the latest remarks made by Nick Faldo, even this year, Mickelson was dead silent.

Faldo took to Sky Sports to talk about Mickelson’s 2024 Champions Dinner appearance and said, “Phil was very quiet on Tuesday; he didn’t say a word.” “He was dead quiet, standing next to me. I wonder why,” added the 3x Masters champion Faldo. The golfer could not be speaking because golfers such as Faldo, and a few others in the room have bashed the Saudi-funded league, and the defected players quite a lot.

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This quiet attitude seems to be an ongoing trend for Mickelson. The golfer was not given any presser before the tournament started, and the only players to get time with media from LIV were Brooks Koepka and Jon Rahm. According to Dylan Dethier of Golf.com, Lefty “declined a full-on media center feeding-frenzy press conference” on Tuesday.

Dethier said that Mickelson “gave the impression he didn’t want to say much of anything at all” when it came to potentially controversial topics. Either this is the truth or the six-time major champion is not being offered the respect he deserves at Augusta! Ever since Mickelson defected to LIV Golf, fans have been harsh towards him! One would think that the dust on the entire LIV Golf-PGA Tour battle would have settled by now, but no, that is not the case so far. With Mickelson’s Masters woes continuing, one cannot forget what happened in 2022.

Mickelson’s Augusta woes started in 2022

Mickelson’s quiet presence this year comes two years after his withdrawal from the 2022 Masters. Mickelson came under heavy fire for remarks he made about the Saudi-backed breakaway golf league before his defection. He referred to Saudis as “scary” people, as per the leaked section of the biography that Alan Shipnuck was writing on him. Because of the scrutiny, he was under, he decided not to play at the Masters that year! Mickelson missing the Masters was something that happened for the first time since 1994.

The issue between Shipnuck and Mickelson escalated a lot after that, and the golfer even claimed that he never did any interviews with the author. Shipnuck took the matter to Twitter and explained it in sheer detail.

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One would say that he is choosing to stay silent at the Champions Dinner, or one could say that other golfers in the room are not opting to interact with him! Which way do you choose to look at it? Do you believe that Phil Mickelson is not getting the respect he deserves as the three-time Masters champion? Let us know in the comments below!

 

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Aryan Sharma

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Aryan Sharma is a Golf Writer at EssentiallySports. He shares an immense passion for the sport and is of the strong opinion that Tiger Woods deserves the title of GOAT for all he has accomplished in golf. Aryan is also an expert in all things Bryson DeChambeau and has covered niche stories about the golfer’s needs and wants, especially his desire to play on the PGA Tour once more.
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