Tuesday, February 4

Phil's Back Specialist: 'He Needs to Rest and Let It Heal'

Phil Mickelson (Flickr)
AMID CONCERNS ABOUT HIS BACK, Phil Mickelson teed it up in last week's Waste Management Phoenix Open and went the distance. Lefty finished in a tie for 42nd and announced that his back felt great. Tom Boers, Mickelson's back specialist, wasn't as chipper, according to a report by Steve Eubanks in Global Golf Post.

"Phil feels good right now," Boers said, "which means absolutely nothing. I'm worried about how his back will feel two weeks from now. There are no tricks to the healing trade. I restore function, and he needs to rest and let it heal. That's a two-week process for Phil Mickelson and everybody else."

Boers knows his stuff. He's been treating athletes for decades. He's knowledgeable about the spine. He's an expert on treating pain.

Apparently, Lefty isn't taking the doc's advice. There's no rest for this golfer. At least not this week. After withdrawing from the Farmers Insurance Open and coming back last week, Mickelson will make his fourth consecutive start at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.

As Ryan Lavner reported at GolfChannel.com, Phil will take a two-week break after Pebble Beach. In the meantime, Boers will fret.

"There is a likelihood that he might tweak it again," he said. "Only then the injury will be compounded because the new injury will layer on top of the old one. If that happens, more drastic measures will be necessary to work this thing out."

(H/T Ryan Lavner at GolfTalkCentral)

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