With almost all golfers making an appearance at the Memorial tournament this week, one face fans will be sad to see not participating is American golfing legend Phil Mickelson. The left handed forty one year old who is a world renowned having won 4 majors including three masters titles has been forced to pull out of the tournament due to fatigue.
The current world number twelve had a terrible first round hitting six over par on the back nine holes at the Muirfield village golf club. The Ohio tournament which is organised by golfing legend Jack Nicholas is a well attended event and Mickelson was unhappy about having to leave, but after slipping to seven over par in his first round at the competition, he felt he could not continue with his energy levels at such a low point.
His decision will no doubt come with the US Open in mind. The Competition is the second of the years majors and is only a few weeks away. As such there is not much time for Mickelson to recuperate especially if he continues to play in the memorial competition. The American golfer had been tired after travelling to Europe for his wife’s birthday as well as competing in a number of PGA tour matches including three on the bounce.
The Player also commented that he was feeling mentally fatigued and wanted to enter the US Open with a clear mind and full of energy read and rearing to get back onto the golf course. Mickelson has finished second five times at the US Open and will be eyeing a chance to strip Rory McIlroy from his title come mid June.