Thursday, May 31, 2012

Phil Mickelson Withdraws from The Memorial Tournament

After firing an opening-round 79, Phil Mickelson has withdrawn from The Memorial Tournament.  Mickelson carded a six-over par back nine 42 en route to his 7-over total.  The back nine contained four bogeys and one double bogey.

After the round, Mickelson cited mental fatigue as the reason for his withdrawal.  He mentioned playing in 3 straight tournaments and taking a trip to Europe for his wife Amy's 40th birthday as the reason for the fatigue.  He also mentioned that he believes withdrawing from this tournament will be more beneficial to his US Open preparations than continuing to play this tournament.

"The course here is in such great shape. It's a beautiful way to get ready for the U.S. Open," Mickelson said. "But I'm hitting it so poorly that I think for me ... I have to look at what's best for me to play in the U.S. Open, and I'm going to take the new few days to kind of rest up."

The PGA Tour tries to prevent such withdrawals from tournaments, and Phil should be no exception.  Jack Nicklaus, the host of The Memorial Tournament, probably is not too thrilled about Mickelson's decision, and either should the tournament sponsors and the fans.  The tournament must continue, though, and there are still many big-name players left in the hunt.

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