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Mickelson to defend Phoenix Open title

Phil Mickelson, who was recently diagnosed with locked facet joints in his lower back, said he will defend his title at this week's Phoenix Open.

The five-times major champion had been in doubt with a back injury that prompted him to withdraw from last week's PGA Tour event at Torrey Pines in Southern California after two rounds.

Phil Mickelson, who was recently diagnosed with locked facet joints in his lower back, will compete in the Texas Open. Photo by: Ahmed Jadallah. Credit: Reuters

“I had a good practice session, though I didn't go full speed for much of it. I feel fine. I expect to play and play well,” Mickelson said in a statement ahead of the Jan 30-Feb. 2 Phoenix Open.

Mickelson, who was diagnosed with and treated for locked facet joints in his lower back, says he also plays to play next week's Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.

The 43-year-old Californian won last year's Phoenix Open at the TPC Scottsdale with a wire-to-wire victory that included an opening round 60. – Reuters

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