Phil Mickelson says he didn’t attend the Champions Dinner before the British Open. Because the R&A told him the club “didn’t think it was a good idea to go.”
Mickelson won the 2013 British Open at Muirfield. But he is among the players who angered the PGA Tour by joining the New Saudi-funded LIV Series. (LIV Series caused a break in the sport. Editors note)
“The R&A contacted me a few weeks ago and said, ‘Look, we don’t think it’s a good idea for you to go. But if you want to, you can.,’ so I said, ‘All right,'” Mickelson said. We both agreed that it would be better if I didn’t.
Greg Norman, CEO of the LIV Series and two-time British Open champion, has been asked not to come to St. Andrews for the Champions Dinner.
It was the 150th anniversary of the tournament. He thought it could be a distraction.
Mickelson played par in the first round of the Old Course. He said missing the meal didn’t take away his pleasure from being in St. Andrews.
“I love being here,” Mickelson said. Everyone here loves to golf, and we find this place very spiritual.
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