Six time major winner and legendary American golfer Phil Mickelson will not be a part of the field at the Arnold Palmer Invitational because of some personal reasons, according to an announcement made by Palmer himself.
The 43 year old American missed the cut at the event last year after he carded a score of 73 and 79 during the first two days of the event at the Bay Hill course.
According to Palmer, Phil Mickelson has some issues with his family and the legendary golfer effused to delve into details of the situation, avoiding questions from the journalists regarding the matter. He went on to add that Phil has been a very good ambassador for the tournament over the years and ever since the first tournament, he has come to play in the tournament and supported it as well.
Palmer went on to mention that he can see when someone needs some time away from the rigors of professional sportsmanship and get his life in order with his family and businesses and so, he has no complaints about Mickelson not being able to compete this year at the tournament.
The best finish that Lefty has managed this season is a 19th place ending at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.
Palmer also added that he, however, expects the defending champion Tiger Woods to be a part of the field this season as well. Woods, who has recently struggled a lot with back spasms, is an eight time champion of the Arnold Palmer Invitational.
The event is scheduled to take place at the Bay Hill course between the 17th and 23rd of March and is expected to witness a field of the who’s who of golf in the week with several players trying to win one of the most prestigious titles.