As the second major championship of the year approaches, so does the official fielding for the event, which will feature the sport’s two biggest names. Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson are indeed on the PGA of America’s official field list, allowing both to be present at the 2022 PGA Championship in Southern Hills next week.
Woods’ participation in the PGA Championship has been speculated after the 15-time major winner was spotted in Southern Hills two weeks ago as part of a scouting trip. The walk around the property was certainly a success as it was accompanied by Cary Cozby, the course’s director of golf.
“Everything is so smooth with him now. His rhythm is great, he hit straight and far enough, he pitched and putted great,” Cozby told Golf Oklahoma’s Ken MacLeod. “I know the boys are passing him now but watching him work was amazing. He is so meticulous, detailed and immersed in what he does. He was very curious about lines and the best angles.”
Woods, a four-time PGA champion, won the 2007 Wanamaker Trophy in Southern Hills. The 46-year-old was last seen competing at the 2022 Masters over a month ago, where he impressively made the cut but ultimately finished 47th with his two worst rounds at the Augusta National over the weekend.
Not appearing at Augusta was Mickelson, who decided to sit out the Masters for the first time in 28 years after public outrage at his comments on the Saudi-backed LIV Golf League. Away from the competition since February’s Saudi International, the 51-year-old, entering the Southern Hills course, could come as an even bigger shock than Woods.
Despite shying away from the spotlight, Mickelson recently held talks with PGA of America CEO Seth Waugh.
“He’s trying to figure out when the time is right for him [to reappear]’ Waugh said Gary Williams on the 5 Clubs Conversation podcast. on the status of the six-time Major winner. “I think the game is also trying to figure out the right time for him. How long is long enough? And is he ready? I think it will be a late decision and I think we will continue to have talks.”
Mickelson famously became the oldest major winner when he won the PGA Championship last year at the age of 50. It was not known if he would defend his Southern Hills crown after his agent Steve Loy released a statement on April 25 regarding his upcoming game schedule.
Loy confirmed Mickelson had signed up for the US Open and PGA Championship and the inaugural LIV Golf Invitational June 9-11 in London.
“Phil doesn’t currently have any specific plans as to when or where he will play,” Loy said. “Any measures taken do not in any way reflect a final decision, but keep all options open.”
With Mickelson’s name in the PGA Championship field, those ambiguous plans may have been cemented. A lot can change over the course of a week, but as of now, both Woods and Mickelson appear to be in Southern Hills.
https://www.cbssports.com/golf/news/tiger-woods-phil-mickelson-listed-in-field-for-2022-pga-championship-at-southern-hills/ Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson listed in the field for the 2022 PGA Championship in Southern Hills