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LA JOLLA, CA - JANUARY 31: Phil Mickelson stretches on the 12th tee on the South Course at Torrey Pines Golf Course during the final round of the Farmers Insurance Open on January 31, 2010 in La Jolla, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
Eyebrows were raised throughout the media center here when it was announced that Phil Mickelson had canceled his pre-tournament news conference for the PGA Championship. Just moments earlier at his own news conference, Tiger Woods had refused to address a rumor that Mickelson's health has taken a turn for the worse and that his rare arthritic condition, which leads to fatigue, stiffness and swelling, has been behind the worst slump of his career, now dragging into a third month. "I'm not going to speculate like you guys," Woods said. "Whatever Phil says, he says about his health." In canceling his news conference, was Mickelson trying to avoid addressing such questions? Certainly, speculation has been rampant since the 42-year-old controversially withdrew after one round of the Memorial -- citing fatigue after shooting 79 -- then couldn't do better than 65th at the US Open and missed the cuts at the Greenbrier Classic and British Open. He didn't look sharper in finishing in a t...
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