After missing the cut in Greenbrier Classic, Phil Mickelson has had a change of mind and asked to be given an invitation to contest this week’s Scottish Open at Inverness.
Mickelson, who has slipped to No. 16 in the world, was not among those entered in the £2.5m event when entries closed on Friday 29th June.
However his management company approached Scottish Open organisers who happily agreed to have Mickelson compete in the tournament.
Mickelson had been a regular guest to the Scottish Open since making his debut as an amateur in 1992 at Gleneagles.
However with Barclays taking on the major sponsorship role in 2002 Mickelson has teed up in the event every year since 2003 with the exception of 2006 and 2009.
Mickelson’s best finish was runner-up in 2007 at Loch Lomond when he lost a play-off to Frenchman Gregory Havret.
However missing this year will be the sight of Mickelson competing in the Pro-Am alongside good friend, Bob Diamond.
A change in title sponsors means Diamond, the now disgraced former Chairman of Barclays, will not be walking the acclaimed Gil Hanse designed course alongside the four-time Major winner.
Mickelson will be now among 10 Major Champions competing at Castle Stuart including fellow Masters winners Angel Cabrera, Jose Maria Olazabal and Sandy Lyle.
Mickelson also is the eighth player to be afforded an invitation to this year’s event and with the biggest surprise being the invitation afforded to fellow American John Rollins.
Rollins has never competed in any prior European Tour.