Mickelson Pulls Out of Par-3 Shootout


Phil Mickelsons collapse in the U.S. Open is having a lingering effect. This years Masters champion withdrew from the ING Par-3 Shootout, which will begin Monday, June 26 at the Treetops Resort in Treetops Village, Mich.
Im sorry to have to miss the ING Par-3 Shootout, Mickelson said in a tournament press release. Its always about having fun and I didnt think it was fair to the event to act like I could have a lot of fun right now. I talked with the producers of the event and asked to be replaced if possible.
Chris DiMarco will take Mickelsons spot in the field. He will be joined by defending champion Andy North, Fred Couples and Craig Stadler.
Mickelson is still trying to recover mentally from a hugely disappointing defeat last week at Winged Foot. Going for his third consecutive major championship victory, he led by one stroke standing on the final tee and ended up making double bogey to lose by one. It was his fourth career runner-up finish in the U.S. Open.
Mickelson is the only player to have competed in all seven previous ING Par-3 Shootouts. He is a part-owner of the Treetops Resort with his swing coach, Rick Smith.
The two-day, 18-hole ING Par-3 Shootout features a $540,000 purse with an additional $1 million bonus available for every hole-in-one. Each hole is worth $20,000, with a $10,000 bonus for the player hitting his shot closest to the pin.
Mickelson has never won the event, finishing runner-up five times, but has made $960,000 in his seven previous appearances.