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Friday, January 24, 2014
Phil Mickelson gets back treatment

By Bob Harig

SAN DIEGO -- Phil Mickelson reported through a spokesman Friday morning that he had received treatment on his aching back and would attempt to play the second round of the Farmers Insurance Open.

Phil Mickelson received treatment Friday and will try to play through an aching back that bothered him during the first round at Torrey Pines.

Mickelson, who is coming off a tie for second last week at the European Tour event in Abu Dhabi, seemed in obvious discomfort after several shots during a 3-under-par 69 on the North Course at Torrey Pines.

The five-time major winner reported that his back "locked up'' and that "it's just tight and I just couldn't swing from the top. It just kept locking up and giving me a shooting pain. I kind of flinch.''

Mickelson, 43, has captured three of his 42 PGA Tour titles at this tournament, the most recent in 2001. He is scheduled to defend his title next week at the Waste Management Phoenix Open and is also committed to the following week's AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.