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Mickelson to pull out of Gran Slam of Golf

Masters Champion Phil Mickelson has pulled out of next month’s Gran Slam of Golf in Bermuda and will be replaced by Ernie Ells.

The two day event sees the season’s four major winners play against each other in 36-hole stroke-play format.

The other three golfers scheduled to play against Mickelson are Graeme McDowell who won the US Open, Louis Oosthuizen after his win at the Open Championship and Martin Kaymer, the USPGA Champion.

A statement from the PGA of America said: "(Mickelson) will not be able to compete due to his diagnosis of psoriatic arthritis.”

"Mickelson elected to rest and spend time with his family for a month after a busy late season schedule that includes the Ryder Cup."

His withdrawal means that this will be the first time since 1984 that the Tournament has been played without an American golfer taking part.

Meanwhile Mickelson could become the world’s number one ranked golfer if he comes first or second in this week’s Tour Championship in Atlanta, and there is nothing that Woods can do about it.

Tiger failed to qualify for the 30 man event, which has a first prize of $1.35 million, as well as $10,000 that will be handed to the overall winner of the FedEx Cup play-off series.

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