Mickelson “Opts Out” of Deutsche Pro-Am, Will Attend “Evening Function” Instead
By Stephanie Wei under FedEx Cup

Jason Kidd is an excellent human being, an incredible athlete and an even better golfer.

Phil Mickelson has withdrawn from Thursday’s pro-am at the Deutsche Bank Championship, electing to use a special option where the top 30 players who finished on last year’s money or FedEx Cup lists are allowed to miss two pro-ams. Alternatively, the players must schmooze with sponsors at an “evening function.”

So, to make up for missing golf on Thursday, Mickelson will spend Friday evening with Deutsche Bank CEO Seth Waugh and other suits.

Last week Mickelson emphatically spoke out against the pro-am rule that prevented Jim Furyk from playing in The Barclays, calling it “ridiculous.” Mickelson also happened to have lunch with PGA Tour commish Tim Finchem that day and gave him an earful. On Tuesday it was announced that the tour had suspended the regulation for the rest of the 2010 season.

Now I wonder if Lefty speaking out so strongly last week had anything to do with his knowing he couldn’t make this pro-am?

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