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Mickelson still planning to skip Tour Championship

Phil Mickelson is a father again and plans to stay home with his new daughter instead of traveling to Houston next week for the Tour Championship.

Sophia Isabel Mickelson was born Tuesday afternoon.

``Things are great. Mom and Sophia are wonderful, and we hope to be home in a few days,'' Mickelson said.

Mickelson's first daughter, Amanda Brynn, was born the day after he finished second to the late Payne Stewart in the 1999 U.S. Open at Pinehurst. Mickelson carried a pager with him that week, and vowed to leave the tournament at any time if his wife, Amy, had gone into labor.

He is the defending champion at the Tour Championship, having defeated Tiger Woods by two strokes last year at East Lake in Atlanta. It was the first time in 20 tour events that Woods had at least a share of the 54-hole lead and failed to win.

Mickelson has no chance to win the money title, although he could become the first player to repeat in the season-ending Tour Championship.

``I'd love to play,'' he said. ``It's a very special tournament and having won last year, it's a tournament I'd love to defend. But right now, the time I'm spending with my family is the most important thing to me, and I wouldn't trade it for anything.''


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