Report: Mickelson Pulls Out Of Champions Event And Dinner At 150th Open

It's been reported by The Guardian that Mickelson told the R&A he wouldn't be featuring at the celebration of champions or the champions’ dinner event

Mickelson stares down the fairway
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In a report by The Guardian, Phil Mickelson informed the R&A that he did not wish to attend either the celebration of champions four-hole challenge on Monday or the following evening’s champions’ dinner, with The 150th Open Championship getting underway on Thursday. 

Along with Mickelson, LIV Golf CEO and two-time Claret Jug winner, Greg Norman, will not be at St Andrews on Monday and Tuesday, nor will the Australian be in attendance for the rest of the week as he was informed by the R&A that he would not be welcome at the tournament.

Perks of winning The Open

Mickelson is still in the field for The 150th Open Championship, with it possible that he is skipping the champions' dinner due to his involvement in the Saudi-backed LIV Golf series, tournaments that the likes of Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy have been firmly against.

Because of his involvement in LIV Golf, Mickelson has lost sponsors like Workday and KPMG; Callaway have paused their relationship with the six-time Major winner. It is also worth noting that Mickelson's apparel at the LIV events no longer sport any brand names.

As mentioned above, LIV Golf CEO, Greg Norman, will also not be at St Andrews, with the R&A releasing a statement that said: "In response to enquiries regarding The R&A Celebration of Champions field and the Champions’ Dinner, we can confirm that we contacted Greg Norman to advise him that we decided not to invite him to attend on this occasion. 

Phil Mickelson and Greg Norman

Mickelson speaks with Norman ahead of the 2022 Saudi International 

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"The 150th Open is an extremely important milestone for golf and we want to ensure that the focus remains on celebrating the Championship and its heritage. Unfortunately, we do not believe that would be the case if Greg were to attend. We hope that, when circumstances allow, Greg will be able to attend again in future."

Both men are previous winners of The Open, with Norman securing the Claret Jug in 1986 and 1993, and Mickelson claiming the title in 2013 at Muirfield. 

Matt Cradock
Staff Writer

Matt joined Golf Monthly in February 2021 covering weekend news, before also transitioning to equipment and testing. After freelancing for Golf Monthly and The PGA for 18 months, he was offered a full-time position at the company in October 2022 and continues to cover weekend news and social media, as well as help look after Golf Monthly’s many buyers’ guides and equipment reviews.

Taking up the game when he was just seven years of age, Matt made it into his county squad just a year later and continues to play the game at a high standard, with a handicap of around 2-4. To date, his best round came in 2016, where he shot a six-under-par 66 having been seven-under through nine holes. He currently plays at Witney Lakes in Oxfordshire and his favourite player is Rory McIlroy, despite nearly being struck by his second shot at the 17th during the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.

Matt’s current What’s In The Bag?

Driver: Honma TW747, 8.75°

Fairway Wood: TaylorMade Rocketballz Stage 2, 15°, 19°

Hybrid: Adams Super Hybrid, 22°

Irons: Mizuno MP54, 5-PW

Wedges: Cleveland 588 RTX 2.0 Tour Satin, 50°, 56°, 60°

Putter: Cleveland TFI 2135 Satin Cero

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x