Phil Mickelson withdraws from Farmers Insurance Open with back injury

SAN DIEGO — Phil Mickelson withdrew from the Farmers Insurance Open on Friday night because of muscle pain in his back, leaving his status for the Waste Management Phoenix Open in question.

Mickelson shot a 1-over 73 on the South Course at Torrey Pines in the second round, leaving him eight strokes behind leader Jordan Spieth. Mickelson said after the round that he feared getting into bad habits by altering his swing to keep his back from hurting. This is hometown tournament and he said he wanted to keep playing.

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