Phil Mickelson not a fan of the return of, well, fans

Phil Mickelson

The PGA Tour’s decision to allow a limited number of spectators to attend next month’s Houston Open could have backfired on them, with five-time major champion Phil Mickelson outlining his (perfectly reasonable) opposition to the plan.

The tour announced last week that it intends to let up to 2,000 spectators attend each day of the tournament, slated to take place at Memorial Park from November 5-8. It will be the first PGA Tour event on American soil to welcome fans for almost eight months.

However, if officials were expecting everybody to be thrilled at this apparent next step towards a return to normal, they will be dismayed to read the views of Mickelson.

• Irish golf courses to close with immediate effect

• All courses in Wales ordered to close this week

• The best golf hoodies you can buy right now

Speaking to reporters ahead of this week’s ZOZO Championship at Sherwood Forest, the 50-year-old said that he’s concerned about the return of fans with the rescheduled Masters set to be played the following week.

“For me personally, I don't like the risk that having that happen the week before the Masters. That's a big tournament we have and I just don't want to have any risk heading in there. So it has made me question whether or not I'll play [Houston].”

He added: “I have to give the Tour a lot of credit and confidence in the way that they've handled the entire year and I'm sure they're going to do a great job at keeping  the players safe in that environment.

"But because I haven't seen it before, because it's the first one out on the tour with some people, I'm unsure and I don't want to take any unnecessary risks. 

• Trump to build second course in Aberdeen

• This Masters video will give you goosebumps

"I don't go out to dinner, I don't go out and socialise because I want to make sure that I have an opportunity to  compete in the Masters.”

Mickelson, a three-time winner at Augusta National, said that he will likely play the Champions Tour competition in Phoenix instead, assuming that it doesn’t have allow fans. In the event that it does, he will reluctantly tee it up in Houston.

Share this Article

share-logo
twitter-logo facebook-logo

Latest Videos See all videos right arrow

play button
THE MOST DIFFICULT LIES IN GOLF | GOLF EXPLAINED
Golf Lessons
play button
AM I A GOOD ENOUGH GOLFER TO USE A SET OF BLADES???
blades
play button
PICKING OUR FAVOURITE UTILITY IRON - Callaway X Forged UT vs TaylorMade SIM UDI vs Titleist U•500
Utility Irons
play button
HOW TO GAIN 20 YARDS OFF THE TEE | GOLF EXPLAINED
Golf Lessons
See all videos right arrow

Golf News

European Tour and PGA Tour announce new "strategic alliance"
PING Europe is under new leadership
Historic Scots golf club suffers ‘heartbreaking’ vandalism
Gordon Sherry shares pro regrets (and has advice for today's young players)
"It's infuriating!" - Scottish golf course hit by vandals

Other Top Stories

Tiger Woods: Inside his $41million Florida mansion
The very best pubs in St Andrews
The Scottish Golf Course Emoji Quiz!
24 lies every bad golfer tells
Doug Sanders: The extraordinary life of golf's original playboy

Quick Fault 'n' Fixes See all videos right arrow

play button
Good balance is key to more consistency
Callaway
play button
Increasing your shoulder turn
Callaway
play button
How to improve your balance during the golf swing
Watch
play button
A bad grip will lead to bad swings
Watch
See all videos right arrow