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See why Phil withdrew from The Memorial

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See why Phil withdrew from The Memorial

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DUBLIN, Ohio (AP) -- Phil Mickelson hit the wall and then headed for the exit, withdrawing from the Memorial after a 79 on Thursday because of mental fatigue. Mickelson said it was more important for him to be rested for the U.S. Open in two weeks than to finish Jack Nicklaus' tournament. He attributed the fatigue to playing three straight weeks, and then going to Europe to celebrate his wife's 40th birthday. He returned home to play a corporate outing Tuesday in New York, flew to Ohio for the pro-am and found his head wasn't in the game. "The course here is in such great shape. It's a beautiful way to get ready for the U.S. Open," he said. "But I'm hitting it so poorly that ... I have to look at what's best for me to play in the U.S. Open, and I'm going to take the next few days to kind of rest up." It's not unusual for players to withdraw after a high score -- it was Mickelson's worst in the 13 trips to the Memorial -- and three other players withdrew Thursday. But it's rare when the player is of Mickelson's stature, a four-time major champion inducted this month into the World Golf Hall of Fame. Mickelson could not think of another time he withdrew without physical injury. "I feel like it's the responsibility of a player to see through your commitment and finish the tournament and so forth," Mickelson said. "And I'm kind of overruling that just a touch, because I'm trying to think big picture on what's the best way for me to get ready for the Open." The last time Mickelson withdrew was also at the Memorial in 2007, only then he had injured his wrist while practicing out of the rough at Oakmont for the U.S. Open, and he stopped after 11 holes. Mickelson wound up missing the cut at Oakmont. Mickelson played Quail Hollow, The Players Championship and the Byron Nelson Championship, and then headed to France and Italy with his wife, Amy. "We had a great time, but I think I probably just went a little bit overboard last month, and it has nothing to do with playing poorly and so forth," he said. "But I do think I need to get rested to play my best for the Open." Mickelson said he likely would see swing coach Butch Harmon to "get things straightened out," and go up to The Olympic Club in San Francisco to study the course. Mickelson has finished runner-up a record five times in his national open. Whether it was more than fatigue, Mickelson wasn't saying. His group, which included Masters champion Bubba Watson and Rickie Fowler, had a massive gallery with several fans taking pictures with their cellphones. Watson complained about the cellphones, though Mickelson said it was "more that mentally I wasn't able to focus as well from the last month." But it's not unlike Mickelson to deliver a message, regardless of criticism that comes his way. When he and Tiger Woods first talked about the PGA Tour season being too long in 2005, Mickelson cited personal reasons for skipping the Tour Championship. He also skipped the BMW Championship during the first year of the FedEx Cup playoffs. He was no fan of Cog Hill, though that WD was said to be more about a debate with the tour. Mickelson was even par for the tournament with a birdie on the par-5 11th, and then he played 7-over par the rest of the way, including a tee shot into the water on the par-3 16th for a double bogey. "I knew he was struggling throughout the day," Fowler said. "You could tell he was a little tired. He's been traveling a bit lately. He told us there in the trailer when we were signing the cards. Obviously, it was a little bit of a grind out there today." Fowler said players had to restart their pre-shot routines because of the pictures being taken by fans. "You could see Phil was a little fatigued and was having trouble blocking it out a bit," Fowler said. Watson said the phones have been "pretty bad ever since they made that rule" that allows fans to take phones on the course, although pictures are not allowed and there are designated areas to make calls. "When they make these marquee pairings, more people are going to follow them and more people want to take pictures, so it makes it very difficult," Watson said. "Ever since they made that rule that cellphones are allowed, it's just not fun playing. "It took Phil out of his game," Watson said. "Phil's a great player and a great champion, and it just took him out of his game. It's sad. It's sad that cellphones can make or break a championship."

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Inspired by the solar eclipse, here are five players who'll be tough to block for the 2017 Redskins

Inspired by the solar eclipse, here are five players who'll be tough to block for the 2017 Redskins

On Monday, the moon did something that probably made Redskins offensive line coach Bill Callahan very proud: it blocked the sun.

That's right — matched up one-on-one with one of the most feared things in space, the moon displayed great technique and a solid anchor, and in turn, treated much of the country to a thrilling solar eclipse. Hopefully, guards, tackles and centers of all ages took note of it, too.

In honor of the momentous event, let's take a look at the five most intimidating players who the 2017 Redskins will be forced to block in the upcoming season. The best part of these battles, by the way? They won't require glasses to view them.

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5) Danielle Hunter (Vikings)

Hunter's name isn't as recognizable as the rest of the names on this list, but if he has another year like he did in 2016, it soon will be. The Vikings found themselves a gem in the 2015 third-rounder out of LSU, and the Redskins will see him in Week 10. He had 12.5 sacks as an NFL sophomore after six as a rookie.

4) Joey Bosa (Chargers)

A strange contract battle with the Chargers was followed by a hamstring injury during Bosa's rookie year, but neither of those prevented him from showing out in his first pro season. In just 12 games, the Ohio State product racked up 10.5 sacks, and he should easily surpass that total in a full 16-game season. He'll be the Redskins' problem in Week 14.

3) Aaron Donald (Rams)

Donald is currently staging a contract holdout and hasn't appeared at Rams' training camp. Every team on Los Angeles' schedule surely wouldn't mind if that issue carried into the regular season. Donald can wreck games on his own and has averaged 10 sacks a season through his first three years with team. The powerful defensive tackle is slated to face the Redskins in Week 2; perhaps they'll be lucky enough to avoid him.

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2) Khalil Mack (Raiders)

You know you're an elite pass rusher when you record 11 sacks and it's considered a step back. That's the number of takedowns Mack had last season, after 15 the year before. The days of people wondering whether the college competition he faced at Buffalo would hinder his development in the NFL are way behind us. Now, the Burgundy and Gold are left to wonder how they will block him in their Week 3 matchup vs. the Raiders.

1) Von Miller (Broncos)

Miller's been a Pro Bowler in five of the last six seasons and posted 13.5 sacks in 2016 (and that's after not notching one in any of his final four games in the regular season, too). Kirk Cousins, Trent Williams and the rest of the Redskins' offense will have the unenviable task of handling him when the Broncos come to town in Week 16. 

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Ravens 2017 Schedule Week 3 vs. Bills: Time, TV Channel, Live Stream, How to Watch

Ravens 2017 Schedule Week 3 vs. Bills: Time, TV Channel, Live Stream, How to Watch

Two games into the NFL Preseason and the Baltimore Ravens remain undefeated. 

In back-to-back Thursday games, the Ravens took down Beltway rival Washington Redskins 23-3 before destroying the Miami Dolphins last week, 31-7. Things are looking good for Baltimore, and that's all without Joe Flacco attempting a pass. 

Quarterback Ryan Mallett led the team, throwing 13-for-22 for 113 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. While fellow quarterback Josh Woodrum completed 8-of-10 passes for 110 yards, he also ran for two touchdowns. 

But the Ravens return home for their NFL Preseason Week 3 game against the Buffalo Bills on Saturday, August 26. The Bills are currently 0-2 in preseason games, and Baltimore is riding some momentum that could make them 0-3. 

Here's everything you need to know ahead of the Ravens' third preseason game. 

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2017 NFL PRESEASON WEEK 3: RAVENS VS. BILLS

Who: Buffalo Bills at Baltimore Ravens

What: Week 3 of the 2017 NFL Preseason

Where: M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, Md.

When: 7 p.m. ET, Saturday, August 26

TV Channel: WBAL, WJLA (NBC)

Live Stream: NFL Game Pass

Radio: WBAL Radio (1090 AM), 98Rock (97.9 FM)

RAVENS 2017 PRESEASON SCHEDULE

Week 1: 23-3 win vs. Washington Redskins

Week 2: 31-7 win at Miami Dolphins

Week 3: VS. Buffalo Bills, 7 p.m. ET

Week 4: At New Orleans Saints, 8 p.m. ET

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