I don’t care how good Phil Mickelson has been playing as of late – in order to win the PGA Championship he must be eligible to play in said event. In order to be eligible to participate, all competitors must register. That little nuance almost slipped Mickelson’s mind at Oak Hill. All players are required to register prior to the start of every PGA event, and Mickelson reportedly forgot to do that until Wednesday afternoon.
It’s not like this is Mickelson’s first event – he has literally played hundreds of professional events and all of them have required him register prior to the first round. Hell, even dudes playing in a Saturday morning scramble know they need to register before play begins. He didn’t play at all on Wednesday, so he had to make a special trip to the course just to get registered.
The more likely scenario is that Mickelson had some prior engagements set up that required his attention. Therefore, he was forced to roll up to the event on Wednesday in shorts and flip flops to register for the final major championship of the year. I just find it hard to believe that Mickelson just forgot that he needed to get signed up before the start of this tournament.
Had he forgotten to register for the event, it would have just been another chapter in the saga that has been Mickelson’s career. Luckily for everyone in his camp, Mickelson made it to the registration tent with plenty of time to spare before he was scheduled to get his first round under way.