Saying he was introducing bad habits into his golf swing to make up for some pain in his back, Phil Mickelson withdrew Friday night from the Farmers Insurance Open. Phil finished second last week in Abu Dhabi, and says he picked up the back pain while playing in the UAE. He played the South Course on Friday, and shot a one over 73.
Mickelson sprayed the ball around the Abu Dhabi golf course last Thursday when he didn’t make a birdie on the day, but scrambled to a one over par finish. The rough in Abu Dhabi was gnarly and took its toll on the 43 year-old, but he was able to play his way into a second place finish with Rory McIlroy. I’m sure the 15 hour plane ride to get home didn’t help either.
“I love this tournament and I want to play here. I love playing in San Diego and this is a place where I grew up playing, so I really want to play,” Mickelson said after his round. “And part of me also says that I’m getting in bad habits. And if I hit it in this rough here, I’ve really got an issue because I’ve got to swing awfully hard to get it out and it jars it. So I’m a little torn right now on the best plan of action.”
Lefty was showing signs on Thursday that he was in some pain, and after receiving treatments on Thursday evening, decided he didn’t want to put his season in jeopardy by continuing to play in pain.
“The first tournament of the year and I’m always excited to start the year, but I also want to be smart because I’m getting into some bad habits so I’ve got to sort of weigh where I’m at,” Mickelson said earlier Friday. “I would love to go out and at least give it a try early on and see if I can get a hot hand and maybe get something going, but I also want to be smart about this.”
Phil Mickelson had made the 36 hole cut, and was eight strokes off the pace set by Jordan Spieth.
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