Mickelson, Stricker not among Memorial field


While The Memorial Tournament annually boasts a star-studded field, two notable Americans will be absent next week when play begins at Muirfield Village: Phil Mickelson and Steve Stricker.

A year after withdrawing from the event during the first round citing 'mental fatigue,' Mickelson's name was not included Friday afternoon when the official field was released. It marks the just the second time since 2006 that he has missed the event, having also skipped it in 2009. Earlier this week, the four-time major champion confirmed plans to play in the Fedex St. Jude Classic the week after the Memorial, a start that will serve as his final tune-up before the U.S. Open.

Stricker, meanwhile, has played at Muirfield Village five of the last six years, including a victory at the Dublin, Ohio venue in 2011. Though it has often served as a warm-up for him in advance of the season's second major, Stricker's absence is not entirely surprising due to his scaled back 2013 schedule. The 12-time PGA Tour champ has made just six starts this season, most recently a tie for 37th at The Players Championship.

While Mickelson and Stricker will not be heading to Ohio next week, several top players have opted to participate – namely world No. 1 and defending champion Tiger Woods. Among those joining Woods in the field will be each of the next top five players in the world rankings: Rory McIlroy, reigning Masters champion Adam Scott, Justin Rose, Brandt Snedeker and Luke Donald.