Phil Mickelson shot a three-under 69 in the first round of the Farmers Insurance Open last Thursday with a “locked up” back. On Friday, he gutted out a one-over 73, and withdrew from the tournament to guard against a long term injury.
Doug Ferguson, AP Golf Writer, tweeted Phil Mickelson saw specialist Tom Boers to “loosen” his back joints after withdrawing from the Farmers:
Mickelson sees Tom Boers to loosen back joints, thinking of playing Phoenix if he feels good enough.
— Doug Ferguson (@dougferguson405) January 27, 2014
Mickelson was excited about the start of the season at the Farmers Insurance Open press conference because of recent breakthroughs in driver technology. Using a driver with a low forward center of gravity (CG) has enabled Tour players to “loft up,” and hit straighter drives that carry longer distances. In Mickelson’s case, the new driver allows him to keep his trusted iron swing instead of altering his swing for the driver.
Mickelson is questionable for the Waste Management Phoenix Open, which begins on Thursday, January 30th. The pain of playing with an injured back was visible at the Farmers, and one would assume the chances of Phil teeing it up in Phoenix are low.
Click on the link in the tweet below by Geoff Shackelford to view Phil Mickelson’s statement:
Phil A Definite Maybe For TPC Scottsdale Start: Phil Mickelson released a statement today on where his back is… http://t.co/Iin5XixxLr
— Geoff Shackelford (@GeoffShac) January 27, 2014