LIV pay Phil to withdraw from the Masters & US PGA, doing so while a PGA Tour event is running. As the media (especially in US) are obsessed on his return to golf it takes coverage away from the PGA Tour, and also fuels rumours of PGA Tour interference.
Then he does return to golf at a LIV event, sending said media into overdrive.
Never really warmed to him but regardless of that, no I won't miss him. If Tiger never played again I wouldn't miss him either. Time moves on, players reach their peak and a new set of players replace them. The circle of professional sports people.
I didn’t like him in his early days, and even less when he started using the goofy smile. And then he hung Watson out to dry in that Ryder Cup press conference. Patrick Reid refused to be drawn into slagging Watson off.
If Mickleson had had a stand up row with Watson behind closed doors, no problem. To do in front of the press, no class. If he never appeared he wouldn’t enter my thoughts. If he did play again, I guess my thought would be
Possibly, when I see some player make a mess of a lob that he'd stick to a few inches/feet, or when someone putts off a US Open green. But no mor/less than any other top ranked player. Too much of an 'angry' golfer to really like him. Haven't missed him since his 'extended break' either.
He has always had a reputation as being arrogant and insufferable, especially off camera. His nickname on the PGA Tour used to be FIGJAM, Flip*, I'm Good, Just Ask Me (*or words to that effect) and he and his tissues were both major gamblers, $40m or more lost, some to people you would not wish to anger. He now comes across as a rather vulgar money-grabbing ingrate.
I don't think I've ever been watching golf and thought... I wish so and so player was here, or what might happen if xyz was playing etc
So that's a no, I won't miss him (or any other person) when they stop playing, regardless of the reason they're no longer on the course