Phil Mickelson Misses Byron Nelson ProAm But Still Allowed To Play In Tournament

DON’T NIGGLE MICKELSON WITH LITTLE THINGS LIKE RULES: The DALLAS MORNING NEWS reports that PGA Tour rules stipulate if you miss a Pro-AM the week of a PGA event, you are automatically disqualified.

Phil Mickelson


Unless, of course, you’re Phil Mickelson.

The DMN reports that despite missing the EDS Byron Nelson Pro-AM Wednesday, PGA Tour officials folded and allowed Mickelson to tee off for the main event on Thursday.

Phil Mickelson


The Morning News also dutifully notes, “In 2004, David Frost didn’t read the pro-am pairings correctly and missed his round in the Nelson Gold pro-am. He was disqualified. In 2005, Retief Goosen was disqualified after oversleeping and missing his pro-am in the Nissan Open.”

Phil Mickelson


Mickelson claimed to the media that he tried to make the Wednesday event, but weather forced his tiny private plane to be diverted from Dallas - and he ended up staying the night in Little Rock, AR (where he enjoyed a televangelist basic cable bonanza in his motel, no doubt).