With Phil Mickelson absent from the PGA Championship this year (of which he is the current champion), Ben Maller believe that Mickelson is actually banned from the event by the PGA Tour. Maller believe this is a punishment for the disparaging things that Mickelson has been saying.
Ben Maller: "We don't believe that Phil Mickelson is the type of guy who would just decide 'I need to lay low for a while. I gotta go and hide.' What I know of Mickelson he's an Alpha. He's not an Omega. And Alphas don't go run and hide unless they have to."