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.