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    • Mickelson sees back doctor

    • Phil Mickelson is seeking his third win at TPC Scottsdale. (Petersen/Getty Images)Phil Mickelson is seeking his third win at TPC Scottsdale. (Petersen/Getty Images)

    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- Phil Mickelson flew to Georgia last Friday to see a doctor about his lower back pain and still hopes to defend his Waste Management Phoenix Open title this week.

    Mickelson made the cut at the Farmers Insurance Open but withdrew prior to the third round and went to Dalton, Ga., to see specialist Tom Boers. The facet joints had locked up according to a press release issued Monday.

    “Tom restored my mobility but I still have inflammation that will take a week or two to subside,” said Mickelson, who plans to fly to Arizona on Wednesday in hopes of playing at TPC Scottsdale.

    Mickelson, who attended Airzona State and once made his home in the area, says he would sit out this week if it were any other tournament. He plans a light practice session on Wednesday, and if everything feels good, he'll consider playing.

    Mickelson, who has won 19 of his 42 titles on the West Coast, had originally planned to play in Scottsdale and at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am next week. He will then take two weeks off while his kids are on spring break.

    “I’m itching to play,” Mickelson 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.”

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