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Mickelson suffering from fatigue

Four-times major champion Phil Mickelson is not in the best of form coming into next week's U.S. Open after suffering from "mental fatigue".

Mickelson, 41, pulled out of last week's Memorial tournament after a seven-over par 79 in the opening round and cited tiredness as a cause.

"I think mentally I'm a little bit fatigued," Mickelson told meda.

"I'm hitting it so poorly ... I have to look at what's best for me to play in the U.S. Open, and I'm going to take the next few days to kind of rest up."

Mickelson has never previously pulled out of a tournament unless he was suffering from a physical injury but his recent poor form would have caused some consternation amidst his fans.

The American world number 12 was quick to allay concerns, however, and suggested that the weariness has instead been built up from recent intense travelling including trips to Europe with wife Amy and taking part in three PGA Tour events in a row.

"We went to Italy and Paris," the four-times major champion added. "I came back and had a Tuesday outing in Long Island, the pro-am. Mentally I'm a little bit fatigued."

The U.S. Open will be played from June 14-17 at San Francisco's Olympic Club.

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