After Rickie Fowler failed to qualify for next week’s U.S. Open, Phil Mickelson provided to quit his not wanted exemption to Fowler.
Every week earlier than Mickelson, 50, grew to become the oldest participant to ever win a significant on the PGA Championship, he accepted a particular exemption to play the 2021 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines in his hometown of San Diego.
Lefty has completed runner-up on the U.S. Open a report six occasions however has by no means received it. With Mickelson successful three Masters, two PGA Championship and one Open Championship in his profession, he’ll have a possibility to full the profession grand slam shut to house.
Initially, Mickelson mentioned he would not settle for the particular invite.
“I won’t accept it,” Mickelson mentioned in February 2020. “So, I am either going to get in the field on my own or I’ll have to try to qualify. I’m not going to take a special exemption. They have never been an organization that likes to give out exemptions, special exemptions. I don’t want a special exemption. I think I’ll get in the tournament. If I get in, I deserve to be there. If I don’t, I don’t. I don’t want a sympathy spot. If I’m good enough to make it and qualify, then I need to earn my spot there.”
But after ultimately altering his thoughts, Mickelson did not want the sympathy spot anyway by successful the PGA Championship and leaping from No. 116 to 32 in the Official Golf World Rankings.
No, Mickelson cannot really give his exemption to Fowler – even with the help of many followers on Twitter – however Mickelson is as soon as once more utilizing his persona that makes him probably the most favorable figures in the historical past of the game.