Saturday September 6th, 2014

Phil Mickelson withdrew from the BMW Championship on Saturday morning, citing his poor position in the tournament and the Ryder Cup being in three weeks.

Mickelson shot a 76 on Friday at Cherry Hills Country Club outside Denver to fall 14 strokes behind second-round leader Sergio Garcia.

"My primary goal is to rest and prepare for the Ryder Cup," Mickelson said in a statement released after midnight, according to ESPN.com's Bob Harig. "Without a chance to contend at the Tour Championship, the most important thing for me now is to prepare for the Ryder Cup."

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Mickelson, 44, needed a top-four finish at the BMW to earn enough points to advance to next week's Tour Championship in Atlanta. He "likely faces a fine" for withdrawing due to a reason or than an injury or family issue, Harig reports, but the PGA Tour generally does not disclose discipline.

Mickelson qualified for the Ryder Cup after he tied for second place at last month's PGA Championship. It was his only top-10 finish on the tour this year, which was his first season without a victory since 2003.

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