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You won't be seeing Phil Mickelson on Twitter anytime soon

The National staff   |  January 15, 2014

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - JANUARY 14: Phil Mickelson of the USA speaks with the media at the Abu Dhabi Golf Club prior to the start of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship on January 14, 2014 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** 462564607.jpg
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ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - JANUARY 14:  Phil Mickelson of the USA speaks with the media at the Abu Dhabi Golf Club prior to the start of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship on January 14, 2014 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images) *** Local Caption ***  462564607.jpg

Steve Elling has been filing a variety of great items ahead of the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship, starting on Thursday – from a piece on the unlikely friendship that's budded between Luke Donald and Michael Jordan to an analysis of how the par-5 finishes at Desert Swing courses make for exciting tournament finales to profiles on two tournament favourites, Phil Mickelson and Henrik Stenson.

On top of all that, he passes along this note today, which details why the closest you'll come to seeing Phil's on Twitter is by following his hat:

 

In many ways, Phil Mickelson is Mr Gadget. He loves talking about golf equipment, underwrites a science charity for US schoolchildren and has an abiding curiosity about NASA and technology.

That interest comes to a screeching halt when it comes to social media. An otherwise gregarious figure, Mickelson’s personal website often goes days without being updated and he does not have a Twitter account.

At 43, this is not a generational thing, either.

“I have tried to stay away from personal media for the reason that I need to get away and have some time on just my family, and there are some things I don’t like getting out,” he said. “I like keeping it private. It’s been great for me to come out on tour and play competitive golf and accept the fact that we’re in the public eye there, but also to have an opportunity to have some down time. For me, staying out of social media has been a benefit, but I understand how powerful and what a great thing it can be for players.”