Seth Waugh – the chief executive of PGA of America – wanted it to all go away.
It was earlier this month he went on the ‘5 Clubs Conversation’ and told Gary Williams he did not want Phil Mickelson’s potential return to golf to “become a media circus”.
At that point, Mickelson was still a chance to defend his PGA Championship.
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Now, the 51-year-old has withdrawn and his decision has become the talk of the town.
“We have just been informed that Phil Mickelson has withdrawn from the PGA Championship,” the PGA of America said in a statement.
“Phil is the defending champion… and we would have welcomed him to participate. We wish Phil and Amy [his wife] the…