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'Rusty' Phil Mickelson is seven shots back at Phoenix Open
'Rusty' Phil Mickelson is seven shots back at Phoenix Open

Phil Mickelson's back was better than his game Thursday in the Phoenix Open. Returning to PGA Tour play after withdrawing from Torrey Pines last Friday night because of back pain, Mickelson opened his title defense with an even-par 71. That left him seven strokes behind leaders Bubba Watson and Y.E. Yang at Scottsdale, Ariz. Mickelson said: “My back is fine. My game was a little rusty.” He had five birdies, three bogeys and a double bogey at TPC Scottsdale. Mickelson first felt soreness in his back two weeks ago in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, and pulled out of his hometown event near San Diego after making the 36-hole cut. Mickelson had a double bogey on the...

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