'He's Gone Dark' - Bryson DeChambeau Reveals Phil Mickelson Silence

The Golfing Scientist said he has reached out to Mickelson but has had no response

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Bryson DeChambeau says he has tried to reach out to Phil Mickelson but "he's gone dark" and there's been "no contact."

Mickelson is one of the big names missing The Masters this week after it was confirmed he would miss the annual Augusta National showpiece for the first time since 1994.

Lefty is currently taking time away from the game following his high profile controversy surrounding comments on the PGA Tour and new Saudi-backed Super League. His last appearance came at the Saudi International in February and it is unknown when the reigning PGA Champion will return to the world of competitive golf.

"I've tried to reach out, but he's gone dark. There's no contact," DeChambeau said about any discussions with his friend Mickelson in his pre-Masters press conference.

Mickelson is a three-time Masters champion having won Green Jackets in 2004, 2006 and 2010. He has won six Majors in total with his 2013 Open Championship and PGA Championships in 2005 and 2021.

Bryson DeChambeau and Phil Mickelson hug

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Another of DeChambeau's legendary golfing friends is Tiger Woods, who looks set to make a remarkable comeback to competitive golf this week following his car crash in LA last February. DeChambeau said he "couldn't be more happy" to see where Woods is now just 14 months after the accident.

"I haven't spoken to him much, but I have seen him, and we've said "hi" a little bit. And it seems likes he's in a really great frame of mind and he wants to win," the 2020 US Open champion said.

"Obviously, he's determined to win. He wants to come back here and win. And he's got a lot of players that have had a lot of time to kind of catch up, albeit Tiger is Tiger, and you can never count him out.

"He is one that may shock a lot of people if he does tee it up this week. Very, very excited to have him back. Creates a lot of hype and whatnot. And, shoot, from the driving range, we could hear the loud roar when he came out of the clubhouse up to that first tee, and that was pretty special to see or hear at least.

"Couldn't be more happy for him in the place he's at right now, coming back, and proud of him, too. Shoot, coming back off that injury, we've had some conversations, and man, I don't know how he's done it. It's very impressive."

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Elliott Heath
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Elliott Heath is our News Editor and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016 after graduating with a degree in Sports Journalism. He manages the Golf Monthly news, features, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. He covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as four Open Championships on-site including the 150th at St Andrews. His first Open was in 2017 at Royal Birkdale, when he walked inside the ropes with Jordan Spieth during the Texan's memorable Claret Jug triumph. He has played 35 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Western Gailes, Old Head and Turnberry. He has been obsessed with the sport since the age of 8 and currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 2-5. His golfing highlights are making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, shooting an under-par round, playing in the Aramco Team Series on the Ladies European Tour and making his one and only hole-in-one at the age of 15 - a long time ago now!

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