|Mickelson set to play Phoenix Open|
|News - St Augustine Area & St Johns County|
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Phil Mickelson is going ahead with his Phoenix Open title defense after testing his ailing lower back on Wednesday at exclusive Whisper Rock.
“I had a good practice session, though I didn’t go full speed for much of it,” Mickelson said in a statement. “I feel fine. I expect to play and play well.”
He first felt soreness two weeks ago in Abu Dhabi, and then withdrew from the Farmers Insurance Open on Friday after making the cut at Torrey Pines. He flew to Georgia to see back specialist Tom Boers and was told his facet joints locked up.
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