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LA JOLLA, Calif. -- For the second straight day, Phil Mickelson remains uncertain if he'll be able to play through a sore back.

"I'm a little bit unsure," Mickelson said following a 1-over 73 Friday on Torrey Pines' South Course. "I love this tournament and I want to play here ... 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."

Mickelson's back tightened up halfway through his opening round, but he played through it. He received treatment afterward and again on Friday morning prior to his round.

Asked if he altered his swing to help protect his back, Mickelson said, "Yes, repeatedly so."

It showed.

Mickelson made more bogeys -- five -- than birdies, including one with a wedge in his hand from the middle of the fairway on the par-5 18th.

"That's a terrible way to finish," said Mickelson, who is eight shots off the lead. "But I probably would have taken it at the start of the round."

Whether he'll be able to play Saturday, remains to be seen.

"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," Mickelson said. "I'm not quite sure where I'm at yet."

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LA JOLLA, Calif. -- For the second straight day, Phil Mickelson remains uncertain if he'll be able to play through a sore back.

"I'm a little bit unsure," Mickelson said following a 1-over 73 Friday on Torrey Pines' South Course. "I love this tournament and I want to play here ... 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."

Mickelson's back tightened up halfway through his opening round, but he played through it. He received treatment afterward and again on Friday morning prior to his round.

Asked if he altered his swing to help protect his back, Mickelson said, "Yes, repeatedly so."

It showed.

Mickelson made more bogeys -- five -- than birdies, including one with a wedge in his hand from the middle of the fairway on the par-5 18th.

"That's a terrible way to finish," said Mickelson, who is eight shots off the lead. "But I probably would have taken it at the start of the round."

Whether he'll be able to play Saturday, remains to be seen.

"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," Mickelson said. "I'm not quite sure where I'm at yet."

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