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Mickelson withdraws because of fatigue

 Phil Mickelson reacts to missing a putt on the third hole during the first round of the Memorial golf tournament Thursday, May 31, 2012, in Dublin, O...
 Phil Mickelson chips on the fourth hole during the first round of the Memorial golf tournament Thursday, May 31, 2012, in Dublin, Ohio.  (AP Photo/Ja...

Memorial Golf

Phil Mickelson reacts to missing a putt on the third hole during the first round of the Memorial golf tournament Thursday, May 31, 2012, in Dublin, O...

Memorial Golf

Phil Mickelson chips on the fourth hole during the first round of the Memorial golf tournament Thursday, May 31, 2012, in Dublin, Ohio. (AP Photo/Ja...

Phil Mickelson has withdrawn from the Memorial because of mental fatigue.
Mickelson opened with a 79, his worst score in his 12 appearances at Muirfield Village. He says a trip to Europe to celebrate his wife's 40th birthday, and then returning home for a corporate outing and the pro-am took a lot out of him. With the U.S. Open in two weeks, Mickelson says he's thinking "big picture" by going home to rest for a few days.
The four-time major champion believes it's a responsibility for a player to finish a tournament. He says he's overruling himself in this case.
It's the first time Mickelson has withdrawn without physical injury. The last time he left a tournament early was at the Memorial four years ago because of a wrist injury.