Three-time Masters champion Phil Mickelson will not compete at Augusta National Golf Club this year.
Mickelson, who won the green jacket in 2004, 2006 and 2010, is not listed in the field of active players for the Masters. The six-time Grand Slam winner and World Golf Hall of Famer is listed as a former champion who is not playing, according to the tournament’s website.
SI.com was the first to report the news.
Mickelson took a leave of absence from golf; he last played on the PGA Tour at the Farmers Insurance Open in January. The reigning PGA champion, who became the oldest winner of a major at Kiawah last year, played in his first Masters in 1993. He has played in the tournament every year since 1995.
Mickelson has been embroiled in controversy over derogatory comments he made to golf summary and fire pit collective about the PGA Tour and its commissioner, Jay Monahan, as well as the repressive regime in Saudi Arabia, which is funding a breakaway league led by Greg Norman that will rival the PGA Tour.
Mickelson criticized the PGA Tour for its “hateful greed” and said he would use the rival league backed by huge financial resources as leverage against the PGA Tour despite the country’s long history of human rights abuses.