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Phil Will Play

Phil Mickelson during a practice round at the 2012 U.S. Open (Joel Kowsky, USGA)
Phil Mickelson has announced that he will play in the Waste Management Phoenix Open despite the back issues that forced him to withdraw after 36 holes at the Farmer’s Insurance Open. (Joel Kowsky, USGA)

Phil will play.

Late Wednesday, after hitting balls with something less than full swings, defending Waste Management Phoenix Open champion Phil Mickelson said, “I feel fine. I expect to play and play well.”

Mickelson withdrew from the Farmer’s Insurance Open at Torrey Pines before the weekend after tweaking his back. He sought treatment and rested in the hopes of making his 25th consecutive start in Scottsdale, Ariz., a streak that goes back to his junior season at Arizona State.

“I had a good practice session, though I didn’t go full speed for much of it,” Mickelson said through a written statement.

Last year, he came within a lip-out of shooting 59 on the way to victory at TPC Scottsdale. No matter what he shoots, he remains one of the most popular players at the rowdiest event on tour.

This week will be no different. Back or no back, Phil will be cheered every ginger step of the way.


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