Phil Mickelson to miss Masters for first time

Phil Mickelson is set to miss the Masters for the first time in 28 years after being removed from the tournament's list of active golfers.

The six-time major winner, who won the last of his three Masters green jackets in 2010, said last month he would take "some time away" from..

..golf after being criticized for comments he made about Saudi Arabia's regime and the country's proposed new tour.

Mickelson has been officially listed as a "past champion not playing" on the Masters website.

At the end of February, the 51-year-old apologized for his comments on the reported Saudi-backed breakaway golf tour,...

...saying they were off the record -- a claim the reporter who interviewed him has denied -- and shared out of context and without his consent.

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