'Sporting Crucifixion' - Piers Morgan Slams Mickelson 'Cancellation'

The journalist and broadcaster believes Lefty has been harshly treated by the golfing community

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Piers Morgan has defended Phil Mickelson after it was revealed the three-time Masters champion would miss the tournament for the first time in 28-years.

“Golf’s ongoing cancellation of Phil Mickelson has now forced him out of the Masters,” Morgan wrote on Twitter.

“You don’t have to agree with the things he said recently, for which he apologised, to think this is now turning into an unedifying sporting crucifixion. I’ll play with you.”

Mickelson has had somewhat of a turbulent few months, with longstanding rumours linking him to the recently announced LIV Golf Invitational Series, also known as the Super League which is financially backed by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund, one of the world’s largest sovereign wealth funds. Lefty had previously accused the PGA Tour of “obnoxious greed” before it was revealed his involvement with the Series was purely for "leverage."

The 51-year old has since issued a public apology and stated that he is taking some time away from the game. His sabbatical now extends to the Masters, where he won the tournament in 2004, 2006 and 2010.

It remains to be seen when the 51-year-old decides to return to action, with the PGA Championship in May a likely venue a for a comeback. Mickelson made history at last year's PGA Championship at Kiawah Island where he became the oldest Major champion ever.

Paige Spiranac had somewhat of a different response than Morgan when the news of Mickelson's omission from the Masters broke; insisting she "didn't care" and instead demanded clarification as to the status of Tiger Woods.

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James joined Golf Monthly having previously written for other digital outlets. He is obsessed with all areas of the game – from tournament golf, to history, equipment, technique and travel. He is also an avid collector of memorabilia; with items from the likes of Bobby Jones, Tiger Woods, Francis Ouimet, Arnold Palmer, Lee Trevino, Adam Scott and Ernie Els. As well as writing for Golf Monthly, James’ golfing highlight is fist bumping Phil Mickelson on his way to winning the Open Championship at Muirfield in 2013. James grew up on the east coast of England and is the third generation of his golfing family. He now resides in Leeds and is a member of Cobble Hall Golf Club with a handicap index of 1.7. His favourite films are The Legend of Bagger Vance and Tin Cup.