Phil Mickelson 'didn't say a word' at The Masters special event as legendary golfer ponders the reason why

Phil Mickelson has suffered a reality check on and off the course
Phil Mickelson -Credit:Lintao Zhang/Getty Images

Phil Mickelson has altered his approach at the Masters Champions Dinner, after avoiding interaction with his PGA Tour rival. It was noted that Mickelson 'didn't say a word' during Tuesday's Masters Champions Dinner at Augusta National, where he was reunited with several of his PGA Tour competitors.

Among those attending the Augusta dinner on Tuesday were numerous LIV stars, including defending champion and host Jon Rahm. The annual dinner is traditionally hosted by the previous year's champion, with Rahm taking over this year following his victory 12 months ago.

Champions from throughout the tournament's illustrious history gathered to celebrate the Spanish star's success, and one long-time attendee is Rahm's LIV colleague Mickelson. Mickelson first earned his place at the table in 2004 after winning his first green jacket, and subsequently added two more to his collection in 2006 and 2010. Over the years, 'Lefty' has often been the life of the party, according to several of his fellow champions.

However, this time things seemed different. Mickelson has been at the heart of the dispute between the PGA Tour and LIV Golf in recent years, having led the initial move to the Saudi-backed league in 2022, reports the Mirror. Tuesday saw him reunite with his Tour rivals, and according to Sir Nick Faldo, the American was far less chatty than usual. During his commentary for Sky Sports on Thursday, Faldo remarked: "Phil was very quiet on Tuesday, he didn't say a word. He was dead quiet, standing next to me. I wonder why."

The Englishman's comments may have been in reference to his views on the LIV setup, of which he has previously been critical. Last summer, Faldo expressed doubts about the future of LIV after it was announced that the PGA Tour were set to partner with the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia (PIF). "I don't think so, because nobody's really interested,' Faldo stated when asked if LIV had a future as part of the deal."

"They're not going to get the sponsorship that they want. They call it a team (event) and it's not because it's strokeplay... It's only half a dozen [players] that are really current, half of the field I don't really know and half the field are there for the very nice last-placed money that you still get if you shoot 20-over."

Earlier this week, Faldo seemed to take another jab at the breakaway league while discussing LIV member Rahm's chances of defending his Masters title - a feat Faldo himself achieved in 1990. "He's a hell of a player, but he's going to have to make a little bit more effort to step it up and get the right intensity," he said on the Sky Sports Golf Podcast.

"Whether coming to defend you can do it, or whether he's just not quite sharp enough because he hasn't tested himself quite as much, we'll have to wait and see."