Absent PGA Champion Phil Mickelson is slammed by Sir Nick Faldo as the former world number one warns the American that he would seriously risk his legacy by choosing the Saudi rebels over returning to the US Tour
- Nick Faldo believes Mickelson would regret choosing the Saudi Golf League
- The American golfer was not present at the PGA Championships yesterday
- Faldo hailed Mickelson’s PGA Tour win aged 20 as golf’s ‘greatest achievement’
- Mickelson is strongly expected to join forces with the Saudi breakaway league
Sir Nick Faldo took aim at absent defending PGA Champion Phil Mickelson yesterday, warning him he is in grave danger of ruining his legacy if he does not return to the US Tour.
The Englishman gave his passionate verdict in a riveting piece of commentary on American television.
‘Phil has to return to the PGA Tour,’ said Faldo.
Defending PGA Champion Phil Mickelson has not yet been seen at Southern Hills this weekend
Faldo fears for Mickelson’s legacy if the American follows through with his Saudi league plans
‘He began with an unbelievable achievement, winning on tour at the age of 20 while still an amateur.
‘Then he became the oldest winner of a major in history at the PGA last year — along with Tiger Woods’s 15th major win, the greatest achievement I believe our game has ever seen.
‘It’s incredible to think those two things from Phil are 30 years apart. But, if he joins another tour, he’s going to look at his trophy cabinet one day and think, “What’s it all about?”’
Mickelson has not been seen since giving two deeply damaging interviews in January but it is thought he is all but certain to join the Saudi rebels and make his comeback at the opening LIV golf series event in St Albans next month.