1 Year After His Bizarre Silent Act, Phil Mickelson’s ‘Masters Dinner’ Photo Triggers Wild Debate Yet Again

Some things never get old. The Champions dinner before the Masters, for example. And Phil Mickelson somehow ends up on the wrong side, too. Last year, Lefty was the talk of the golf town after reports emerged that he was unusually quiet during the dinner. Uncharacteristic, yes. But the tensions were heavy in April last year.

This year, though, the mood looks more jovial. As the PGA Tour and LIV Golf work on the framework agreement, golfers on both sides aim to resolve their differences. Yet Mickelson looks to be in constant ‘terror’, fans point out.

Phil Mickelson looks much older than Nick Faldo

With a broad smile on his face, Lefty stood in the back row between Nick Faldo and Sergio Garcia. Mickelson, though, looked much older than the Brit standing right next to him, despite being 13 years younger. Fans wondered what might be bogging him down ahead of the 2024 Masters. Notably, Mickelson’s name was also missing from the pre-Masters press conference.

Moreover, Phil Mickelson was uncharacteristically silent at the 2023 Champions Dinner. The conversation didn’t veer around the PGA Tour-LIV Golf divide. Yet Lefty was visibly uncomfortable, sitting silently in the corner. Fuzzy Zoeller, the last debutant to don the Green Jacket, told The Augusta Chronicle, “We’re just 33 past champions in a room, all trying to get along. Nobody said a word about it [LIV Golf]. Phil sat near the end of the table and kept to himself. He didn’t speak at all.”

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The situation was more tense last year. The June 6 merger announcement was not in sight. Until then, both parties were involved in court wrangling. There might have been heavy air hanging around the dinner table. Although that’s not the case anymore, fans believe Phil Mickelson is still under a lot of pressure.

LIV Golf has taken a toll on Lefty’s health, fans proclaimFans can’t believe it’s the same person who made a spectacular late charge last year to tie for the second spot. Mickelson also became the oldest major winner in 2021. The change in his body is dramatic. One fan wrote, “I don’t know what the Saudi’s have been doing to Phil’s face, but in five years he is going to be nothing but a shrunken head at this rate.” Another fan commented, “What they feeding these guys on the LIV tour?”

There are enough reasons for Mickelson to look concerned. He is working with a new caddie after his brother retired. His game hasn’t looked sharp enough. And, most importantly, it’s a venue where he has consistently performed well, and expectations are always higher when the 45-time PGA Tour winner tees up at Augusta. One fan feels Mickelson looks “older than Joe Biden.” Another fan, too, compared him with the POTUS. The same zoomed-in picture got another comment, “Please Somebody get me a cheeseburger.

Let’s not forget that Mickelson was in the thick of it all after his controversial comments regarding PIF officials were published by Alan Shipnuck. Although he has since apologized and claimed he was misinterpreted on many occasions, this fan feels Mickelson lives under constant terror.

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Every photo Mickelson has been in since he’s joined LIV feels like he can tell the exact moment you will perish. Constant terror on his face https://t.co/UBLRpAuoUD

— Patrick Berryman (@peajbe) April 10, 2024

Phil Mickelson will tee up with Sepp Straka and Tony Finau at 9.36 AM ET on Thursday and 12.48 PM ET on Friday. We have to wait till then to know if, indeed, the six-time Major winner has grown older than he should’ve been in a year.

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