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Phil Mickelson shakes off back pain

Updated: January 29, 2014, 7:08 PM ET
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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Phil Mickelson is going ahead with his Phoenix Open title defense after testing his ailing lower back Wednesday at exclusive Whisper Rock.

He first felt soreness in his back two weeks ago in Abu Dhabi, and then withdrew from the Farmers Insurance Open on Friday after making the cut at Torrey Pines. He flew to Georgia to see back specialist Tom Boers and was told his facet joints locked up.

"I had a good practice session, though I didn't go full speed for much ...

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