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14 hours ago, Vegan_Golfer_PNW said:

Phil is out of the PGA Championship. Will he ever play in a PGA event again?

I wonder if he was suspended from playing this week, which would have made playing in the PGA less distracting. This is getting to be too much. Phil said stupid  and obnoxious things and deserved criticism but not to be cancelled from playing majors. 

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7 minutes ago, LICC said:

I wonder if he was suspended from playing this week, which would have made playing in the PGA less distracting. This is getting to be too much. Phil said stupid  and obnoxious things and deserved criticism but not to be cancelled from playing majors. 

My understanding is that he withdrew himself. 

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11 hours ago, mikeanthony said:

Upsetting for sure. And I can’t help but think that he withdrew for what would likely have been a massive distraction that he’d bring to the Championship

Whenever Phil plays again he's going to be the primary focus of the media, and he's going to get grilled endlessly, and he going to be a distraction to the event.  In my view, it might just be best for him to "rip the bandage off" and get that part over with.  I really thought that the PGA might be the most logical place to do that, based on his win last year, and the fact that the PGA Championship isn't run by the entity (PGA Tour) that he slammed so hard in his conversation with Shipnuck.  He's just extending the slow drip of torture by withdrawing this week.

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36 minutes ago, berkeleybob said:

My understanding is that he withdrew himself. 

Exactly. He pulled out himself and not any action from the pga tour or the pga organization.

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1 hour ago, DaveP043 said:

Whenever Phil plays again he's going to be the primary focus of the media, and he's going to get grilled endlessly, and he going to be a distraction to the event.  In my view, it might just be best for him to "rip the bandage off" and get that part over with.  I really thought that the PGA might be the most logical place to do that, based on his win last year, and the fact that the PGA Championship isn't run by the entity (PGA Tour) that he slammed so hard in his conversation with Shipnuck.  He's just extending the slow drip of torture by withdrawing this week.

I understand this comment and agree to a point.  What if he's showing respect for the game and wanting to be the spectacle at a non-major rather than raining on everyone's parade at the PGA?  Perhaps we will see him in an event between now and the US Open so the bandage gets ripped off and we are able to move forward.  

 

IMO this entire thing has been bizarre.  I'm unusual in that I'm not a big Phil fan - not a hatter but just not a huge Phil guy.  He comes across to me as a bit plastic (to me - it's the way I feel and feelings are hard to change - my daughter loves him as to so many others).  I'm ready for the side show to end but very happy that it won't be at the PGA where it would then be forced to have all Phil, all the time.  Give me Tiger any day. 

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Honestly, it's a big to do about nothing. Name past winning golfers going for big money, that will not stay afloat for any real amount of time. It's all about the money, regardless of which tour they play. For the real playing fans of the game, there's only 4 tournaments that mean anything in the world of golf and we all know what they are. For those players that willingly give up the chance to compete in those, for the sake of the almighty dollar, just boggles the mind. 

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5 hours ago, berkeleybob said:

My understanding is that he withdrew himself. 

I know. But if he played this week (the Byron Nelson) he would have gotten the initial circus over with and could have been less a distraction at the PGA. Unless he wasn’t allowed to play this week. 

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23 hours ago, revkev said:

I understand this comment and agree to a point.  What if he's showing respect for the game and wanting to be the spectacle at a non-major rather than raining on everyone's parade at the PGA?  Perhaps we will see him in an event between now and the US Open so the bandage gets ripped off and we are able to move forward.  

 

IMO this entire thing has been bizarre.  I'm unusual in that I'm not a big Phil fan - not a hatter but just not a huge Phil guy.  He comes across to me as a bit plastic (to me - it's the way I feel and feelings are hard to change - my daughter loves him as to so many others).  I'm ready for the side show to end but very happy that it won't be at the PGA where it would then be forced to have all Phil, all the time.  Give me Tiger any day. 

That's the interesting thing about your final comment as there are so many parallels between the two yet completely different standards in the court of public opinion. 

I too was really hoping he would "rip the band aid off" and get the media frenzy over with (well, maybe not 100%, but most anyway) but he chose not to and, at least thus far, we don't know why.  Now, presuming he wants a chance at completing the grand slam, one would think he's faced with a tough decision on whether to simply make Brookline CC the place the event within the event will happen or a non-major event. And of course, if he plays the Shark Tour events, he may not be allowed to play a regular event (or may have to Monday qualify). Like Tiger, they both are up against Father Time and the grade up the hill increases at a faster rate as the years go by... cannot afford to let opportunities slip by.

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While I'm not a fan of what's going on the LIV tour, I do miss seeing Phil perform magic with his wedges. 

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On 5/11/2022 at 8:09 AM, Middler said:

+1. I couldn’t care less if I see Phil (or Sergio) play again, but I realize he still has fans. I have no interest in players who defect to a tour backed by “scary mother….”

As much as I would like to see them both play again, it really wont affect me either way. I do not feel i will show support for the new tour. 

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