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‘Golf Needs Him Back’: Fellow PGA Tour Pro Gets Emotional About Phil Mickelson’s Absence

Published 05/22/2022, 11:30 AM EDT

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It has been four months since Phil Mickelson hasn’t played an official tournament. He even missed the ongoing PGA Championship, the event where he is the defending champion. The golf world doesn’t know when the golfer is thinking of making a comeback, and even the professional golfers are waiting for it. 

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“I hope he does come back,” the current world no. 26 Harris English said about Mickelson. “I’m ready for him to come back.” 


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“Golf needs him back,” English added. English was one of the team members of Team US at the 2020 Ryder Cup, of which Mickelson was the vice-captain. “I hope he’s very gracious in his return,” the golfer added hopefully.

Furthermore, the four-time PGA Tour winner explained that Lefty is one of the most competitive golfers. And he always enjoys winning a tournament. “I know how much he’s missed playing at the Masters,” he further added. “…and some of these big-time PGA tournaments.” 

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Since Mickelson made controversial remarks about the Saudi-backed league, he hasn’t played a tournament. The golfer missed the 2022 Masters Tournament, his first time since 1994

He registered to play at the Southern Hills for the 2022 PGA Championship. However, he opted to withdraw from the event, which the authorities informed through a public statement. 

Notably, a day after Mickelson withdrew from the PGA Championship, English withdrew from the tournament as well. However, unlike Lefty, the 32-year-old withdrew as his body would need more rest after the hip surgery in February. Furthermore, English is likely to make a comeback at the upcoming U. S. Open. 

How many PGA Championships has Phil Mickelson won throughout his career? 

Considered one of the best golfers in the modern era, Phil Mickelson has won two PGA Championships in his professional life. He won the first one back in 2005, the year after his victory at the Masters. 


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Mickelson had won the event with an overall score of 4-under 276. His one-shot lead against his nearest competitors made him world no. 3 at the time.


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It took him more than 15 years to win his next PGA Championship. However, Mickelson still managed to create a record with it by being the oldest to win a major. He was 50 last year when he won his 6th major. 


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The golf world has been missing Mickelson at the Tour events. When do you think he will make a comeback? 

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Written by:

Anjana Prabhakaran


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Anjana Prabhakaran is a Golf content writer at EssentiallySports. She has completed her Master's degree in Public Administration and considers researching as one of her hobbies. As her family is interested in sports, Anjana grew up watching every sport on television.
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