Phil Mickelson will miss the Masters next month, in what will be for the first time in 28 years.
The three-time champion is stepping back from golf momentarily in the wake of his criticism of Saudi Arabia’s regime.
In a statement in which he apologised for his comments, Mickelson said: “Although it doesn’t look this way now given my recent comments, my actions throughout this process have always been with the best interest of golf, my peers, sponsors, and fans.”
“It was reckless, I offended people, and I am deeply sorry for my choice of words. I’m beyond disappointed and will make every effort to self-reflect and learn from this.”
He continued: “The past 10 years I have felt the pressure and stress slowly affecting me at a deeper level.”
“I know I have not been my best and desperately need some time away to prioritise the ones I love most and work on being the man I want to be.”
Mickelson’s name has now officially been removed from a list of active players competing at the Masters.
He last won the tournament in 2010.