I had heard last week of the weather problems that resulted in Phil Mickelson missing the Pro-Am before the Byron Nelson. And I knew that he’d been given an exception to the usual rule that says that if you don’t play the Pro-Am, you can’t play in the tournament. But I hadn’t realized just how much that decision would be resented by the other players on Tour.
Forbes has a good article on player reactions to Philgate.
I don’t know why anyone is surprised, though. The Byron Nelson was a tournament devoid of most of the major talent, and barring PHil would have been the kiss of death.