Phil Mickelson ‘all fixed up’ after sports hernia surgery in October –

In a surprise revelation this week, five-time major winner Phil Mickelson underwent sports hernia surgery after the Safeway Open in October, an unannounced procedure that was unveiled by Golf Digest’s Tim Rosaforte this week.

“It wasn’t an outie belly button per se, it just looked like it,” Mickelson told Golf Digest. “It was a walnut-sized hernia behind my belly button. It was no big deal, nor did it affect me when I played. I pushed it back in every minute or so. I couldn’t work out as intensely as I wanted to. That’s all. It didn’t hurt or affect me. It was just annoying.”

He also noted that he’s “all fixed up.”

Mickelson had previously gone on about the quality of his health at the age of 46. It is a theme he has put forth all year.

“The fact is that, from 10 years ago when I was playing my best golf, I’m 25 pounds lighter,” said Mickelson this summer. “I’m in better shape, I’m physically stronger than I was. I feel better and … now that my swing is back on plane, I’m starting to hit some shots like I did ten years ago and starting to play some of my best golf again. So I don’t see why there’s any reason why I can’t continue that not just this week but for years. That’s kind of what the game plan is.”

Mickelson’s belly button should be fine for 2017 as he tries to continue his somewhat surprising assault on the record books even as he hurtles towards age 50 and the PGA Tour Champions.

We will not see Mickelson on the golf course for the rest of 2016.


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