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Golf: Mickelson to shake off back pain, defend Phoenix Open title

Published on Jan 30, 2014 1:07 PM
 
Phil Mickelson hits his tee shot on the 18th hole during the second round of the Farmers Insurance Open on Torrey Pines South in La Jolla, California in La Jolla, California, on Jan 24, 2014. Mickelson, who was recently diagnosed with locked facet joints in his lower back, said on Wednesday he will defend his title at this week's Phoenix Open. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

(REUTERS) - Phil Mickelson, who was recently diagnosed with locked facet joints in his lower back, said on Wednesday he will defend his title at this week's Phoenix Open.

The five-time Major champion had been in doubt with a back injury that prompted him to withdraw from last week's PGA Tour event at Torrey Pines in southern California after two rounds.

"I had a good practice session, though I didn't go full speed for much of it. I feel fine. I expect to play and play well," he said in a statement ahead of the Jan 30-Feb 2 Phoenix Open.

Mickelson, who was diagnosed with and treated for locked facet joints in his lower back, says he also plans to play next week's Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.

 
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