Phil Mickelson withdraws from BMW Championship

 Phil Mickelson`s PGA Tour season came to an abrupt halt Saturday when the five-time major winner pulled out of the BMW Championship before the beginning of the third round.

Phil Mickelson withdraws from BMW Championship

Cherry Hills Village: Phil Mickelson`s PGA Tour season came to an abrupt halt Saturday when the five-time major winner pulled out of the BMW Championship before the beginning of the third round.

"My primary goal is to rest and prepare for the Ryder Cup," Mickelson said. "Without a chance to contend at the Tour Championship, the most important thing for me now is to prepare for the Ryder Cup."

Mickelson, who entered the week 56th in the FedEx Cup playoff points race, finished two rounds at Cherry Hills Country Club tied for 65th at six-over 146.

With only the top-30 players on the points list advancing to the Tour Championship, the final event in the FedEx Cup playoffs, Mickelson was projected to finish 64th at the conclusion of the BMW Championship.

Mickelson had reached the Tour Championship ever year since the playoffs began seven years ago.

He was one of only three players, along with Hunter Mahan and Steve Stricker, to achieve that distinction.

The 44-year-old American missed the secondary cut at The Barclays, the first event of the playoffs, before tying for 45th at last week`s Deutsche Bank Championship.

Mickelson now wants to focus on the Ryder Cup, which will be played at Gleneagles in Scotland later this month.

The San Diego-born Mickelson finished fifth on the Ryder Cup points list to automatically qualify for a spot on the United States team.

Just one of his five major titles has come since Mickelson was diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis in 2010. He won The Open Championship last year.

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