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Mickelson heads long list of big names to miss Masters cut

By Tony Jimenez AUGUSTA, Georgia (Reuters) - Triple champion Phil Mickelson led a host of big names to miss the cut at the Masters on Friday as the American failed to advance to the third round at Augusta National for the first time in 17 years. Former winners Charl Schwartzel (2011), Zach Johnson (2007), Angel Cabrera (2009) and Trevor Immelman (2008) also failed to qualify for the final two rounds.

Golf: Mickelson in rare Masters flop

Phil Mickelson was heading home Friday after missing the cut at the Masters for the first time since 1997 and just the second time in 22 appearances since his 1991 debut. That was the result of a 73 at Augusta National that was not enough to repair the damage done by his opening 76. At five over, the five-time major winner missed the cut by one stroke. With Tiger Woods absent through injury it will mean that Masters weekend will unravel without either of the two players who have most marked it over the last two decades for the first time since 1994.

Golf: Mickelson already a loser at Masters

Phil Mickelson's superb short game has often got him out of trouble and saved par at the Masters, but unfortunately it doesn't always work. Mickelson paid out a $1 bet with a spectator at Augusta National on Tuesday after failing on an up-and-down bid at the sixth hole in a practice round. "He was mouthing off about hard shot, get this up-and-down, no chance, blah, blah, blah and it wasn't that hard a shot and I should have gotten it up-and-down," Mickelson said.

Golf: Mickelson '04 Masters win led to Open title run

Phil Mickelson arrived at this week's 78th Masters mindful of how winning his first major title a decade ago at Augusta National launched him to four more major triumphs. "I can't believe it has been 10 years. It has gone by so quick," Mickelson said. "That win 10 years ago, it just propelled me. I knew once I won one, I really felt confident I would win a few, but I needed to get that first one, and that was a big one." Mickelson began his career 0-for-46 in majors, haunted by the recurring question of would he ever win one of golf's grandest titles.

Golf: With eye on Masters Mickelson to play in Houston

Injured five-time major champion Phil Mickelson will tee it up in the PGA Tour Houston Open this week, he said Wednesday, adding that it's his best chance to keep his Masters bid on track. Mickelson withdrew from the Texas Open last week in the third round with a muscle strain in his back. He flew home to California for treatment, then travelled to Augusta National to get in a couple of days of preparation for the first major championship of the season, which starts next week.

Golf: Injured Mickelson pulls out of Texas Open

With the Masters looming in less than two weeks, Phil Mickelson pulled out of the third round of the US PGA Tour's Texas Open on Saturday with a pulled muscle. Mickelson was one-over for the day after three bogeys and two birdies when he withdrew on the par-five second hole, his 11th of the round. "I pulled a muscle on my downswing trying to hit the ball hard on the second hole," Mickelson said. "It just killed and it wouldn't subside for 10 or 12 seconds."

Golf: Injured Mickelson pulls out of Texas Open

With the Masters looming in less than two weeks, Phil Mickelson pulled out of the third round of the US PGA Tour's Texas Open on Saturday with a pulled muscle. Mickelson was one-over for the day after three bogeys and two birdies when he withdrew at the par-five second hole, his 11th of the round. He said he'd felt the injury when teeing off at the first, his 10th hole of the day. "I pulled a muscle on my downswing trying to hit the ball hard on the first hole," Mickelson said. "It just killed and it wouldn't subside for 10 or 12 seconds."

Golf: Injured Mickelson pulls out of Texas Open

With the Masters looming in less than two weeks, Phil Mickelson pulled out of the third round of the US PGA Tour's Texas Open on Saturday with a pulled muscle. Mickelson was one-over for the day after three bogeys and two birdies when he withdrew on the par-five second hole, his 11th of the round. His caddie, Jim Mackay, told a television interviewer that when the player teed off at the first hole, his 10th of the day, he "just felt a little pain in his side".

McIlroy aiming to emulate Mickelson's unique double

(Reuters) - Former world number one Rory McIlroy will play at the Scottish Open for the first time in five years in July intending to emulate Phil Mickelson's unique 2013 achievement. American left-hander Mickelson became the first player to land the Scottish Open-British Open double when he followed up his win at Castle Stuart in Inverness with victory at Muirfield.

Golf: Mickelson reportedly set for Phoenix title defence

Phil Mickelson's bad back won't keep him out of this week's Phoenix Open, the Golf Channel reported Wednesday. Golf Channel reporter Tim Rosaforte reported on his Twitter feed that Mickelson had texted him to confirm he would tee it up for a title defence. Mickelson's participation had been in doubt since he withdrew from the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines last Friday with back pain, despite making the halfway cut.
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