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Mickelson pulls out of Canadian Open

Phil Mickelson will not play in next week's Canadian Open after slightly injuring his back.

Mickelson felt a twinge in his back while lifting luggage after returning from the NEC Invitational in Seattle earlier this week. Mickelson spokesman T.R. Reinman said the injury is not serious, but doctors recommended a few weeks of rest.

Reinman said Mickelson had a similar injury two years ago, and it didn't last long. He's expected to return in three weeks to play at the American Express Championship in Ireland, followed by the Ryder Cup.

Mickelson has not played in the Canadian Open since 1994 and was expected to be the top attraction at Angus Glen Golf Club near Toronto.

``Naturally we are disappointed that Phil won't be joining us this year,'' tournament director Bill Paul said. ``Though he had indicated to us earlier that he hoped to come, injuries do occur and we understand that his health is a priority.''


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