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Mickelson off course after breaking leg skiing

A broken leg from skiing will keep this year's second-leading PGA money-winner, Phil Mickelson, off the golf course for a while.

The left-hander fractured his left femur Thursday at Arizona Snowbowl when he hit ice, causing his skis to slide from under him, said Mickelson's agent, Steve Loy. J.R. Murray, general manager at Snowbowl, said Mickelson was skiing an intermediate slope and skidded into a tree.

A pin was inserted from below the hip to above the knee, but Mickelson won't need a cast, Loy said. "The doctors say he'll have a 100-percent recovery," the agent said, adding that the leg should mend in four to six weeks.

Mickelson, a former Arizona State player, told the Arizona Republic in January he knew the risks of skiing but wouldn't give it up.

"Obviously, it's not very intelligent in our sport, because we don't get guaranteed money," Mickelson said then. "On the other hand, I'm 23 and don't want to live my life being afraid of getting hurt. I've skied since I was a kid, broken lots of skis but never any bones. I guess the way I look at it is: If I get hurt, I'll heal."

_ Material from the Associated Press was used in this report.

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