Prominent in his absence from that list is Phil Mickelson, who’s been heavily-linked to the Saudi tour because of his disagreements with the way the PGA Tour has conducted its business with its top players.
But don’t rule Mickelson out at all. In fact, expect him to be eventually announced as a part of the field. Of the six spots remaining in the 48-player field, five will go to qualifiers, which leaves one spot open.
Since this Norman venture first emerged, the pattern it has set has been to stagger its public announcements for dramatic affect as a way to further draw attention to itself. If you’re a betting person, it’s a pretty safe bet that Mickelson’s participation will be released in the coming days.