Phil Mickelson 'is fine' after sports-hernia surgery

Phil Mickelson 'is fine' after sports-hernia surgery

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Phil Mickelson 'is fine' after sports-hernia surgery

Phil Mickelson is recovering from mid-October surgery for a sports hernia, a spokesman for his management group confirmed to Golfweek Sunday evening.

Mickelson had surgery Oct. 19, just days after competing in the Safeway Open in Napa, Calif., and everything with his recovery “is on track,” according to T.R. Reinman, media relations director for the golf division of Lagardere Sports.

“He’s fine,” Reinman said of Mickelson. The management group did not put out a release on Mickelson’s surgery; the story was first reported by Golf.com on Sunday. The report said that the typical recovery time for such a procedure is four to six weeks.

Mickelson, 46, a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame, has 42 victories on the PGA Tour, including five major championships, and in September played on his 11th U.S. Ryder Cup team. He tied for eighth at the Safeway, and with his putting on track, said in Napa that he is excited about the progress of his game as a new season begins. Mickelson was determined this offseason to work on improving his driving numbers after ranking 163rd in driving accuracy (54.82 percent) in 2015-16.

Mickelson’s last victory was the 2013 British Open at Muirfield. His next expected start on Tour is the CareerBuilder Challenge in La Quinta, Calif., Jan. 19-22.

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