User ID
Password
  Forgot User ID
or Register Today!
VegasInsider.com
Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Follow Us on Google+ VI Mobile Scores and Betting Odds
Home
NFL
NBA
NHL
MLB
NCAA FB
NCAA BK
Golf
Auto Racing
Horses
More
Betting Tools

 
Mickelson sees doc, might play Phoenix

New Sportsbook.ag customers: Make your 1st bet, get your 2nd bet free, 100%, winnings paid in cash.
Join Now

Already have an account? Click here to view new Exclusive Rewards!

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Phil Mickelson flew to Georgia to see a specialist about the pain in his lower back, hopeful of defending his title in the Phoenix Open.

Advertisement
Mickelson, who first felt soreness in his back while in Abu Dhabi, withdrew after making the 36-hole cut in the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines. He said he did not want to risk getting into bad habits by compensating for the pain.

Mickelson met with Tom Boers, who told him his facet joints had locked up.

''Tom restored my mobility, but I still have inflammation that will take a week or two to subside,'' Mickelson said in a statement.

Mickelson nearly shot a 59 in the opening round at the TPC Scottsdale last year and went on to a wire-to-wire win. He graduated from Arizona State and once lived in Scottsdale.

He plans to fly to Arizona on Wednesday with the intention of playing.

''If it was any other tournament I'd skip it,'' Mickelson said. ''But I'm defending, it's my second hometown and I love the event. I'll have a light practice session and if it goes well, I may try to play.''

Mickelson was scheduled to play the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am the following week, where he is a five-time champion. He is not playing Riviera or the Match Play Championship because his oldest daughter is in the ninth grade at a new school and has spring break one week earlier than Mickelson's other two children.

If he were to miss these two weeks, that would mean Mickelson played only 36 holes on the West Coast Swing, where he has won 19 of his 42 events on the PGA Tour.

''I'm itching to play,'' he said. ''But I have to look at the big picture. I have a number of tournaments I want to play and play well this year, including the majors, so I have to be realistic about how I feel in the short term.''

AP NEWS
The Associated Press News Service

Copyright 2014
The Associated Press
All Rights Reserved

  
HEADLINES
Sportsbook: Golfers to Bet - The Barclays
Daly: Rory Still Not Close to Jack, Tiger
The finish line is in sight on the Tour
Rory wants strong finish to great year
Mahan wants in hunt for stretch drive
Kuchar healthy again after back injury
Villegas claims 1-stroke win at Wyndham
Langer wins again on Champions Tour
Rinker wins Legends Championship
MORE HEADLINES
 
VegasInsider.com Gold Membership
  
corner graphic
With a VI Gold Membership, you can SAVE 10% off a Live Odds subscription, SAVE 20% off Daily Pick packages, and receive access to up to 1,000 Member Plays each month!