The BMW Championship has been in full swing but the race for the 8 million dollar grand prize has come to an end for Phil Mickelson. Mickelson recently withdrew from the BMW Championship after shooting 70-76 in the first two rounds and sitting in 63rd place.
“My primary goal is to rest and prepare for the Ryder Cup,” Mickelson said in a statement. “Without a chance to contend at the Tour Championship, the most important thing for me now is to prepare for the Ryder Cup.”
Phil Mickelson, 44, said that his poor standing in the tournament and the upcoming Ryder Cup are his reasons for skipping the final two rounds of the $8 million FedEx Cup playoff tournament. This will be the first time since the start of the FedEx Cup that Phil Mickelson will not be playing. It will also be the first time in 10 years that he has gone winless throughout an entire season.
It’s clear that some players are okay with forfeiting and some are making money while doing nothing as in the case with Dustin Johnson. Dustin Johnson has been on a personal leave of absence from the PGA Tour for the last month yet will still collect $175,000 in prize money for his “efforts”. I guess this is the professional sports version of getting an A for effort. If so count me in. Johnson finished 30th in the FedEx Cup points race even though he didn’t play a single playoff event and thus qualified for this week’s Tour Championship.He’s entitled to $175,000 for that finish but he will not recieve the $128,000 the last-place finisher at the Tour Championship would earn.