Phil Mickelson is doing “great” and recovering from the sports hernia surgery he had just over two weeks ago. The news broke Sunday night and was first reported by Josh Berhow of Golf.com.
Mickelson had the procedure done on Oct. 19, three days after finishing T-8 in the Safeway Open, the first event of the 2016-’17 PGA Tour season.
“It wasn’t an outie belly button per se, it just looked like it,” Mickelson told Rosaforte. “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.”
Update: Phil Mickelson comments on his successful sports hernia surgery – https://t.co/aqAnGZ06DU
Lefty: “It was no big deal.” pic.twitter.com/1gIgchCBu3
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Mickelson added, “it’s why my belly button stuck out of my shirt all year.” But that he’s “all fixed up” now as the 46-year-old says he’s ready to start his off-season workout program.
The typical recovery time for a sports hernia surgery is four-to-six weeks, which should give Phil plenty of time to be ready for his next PGA Tour event, the CareerBuilder Challenge, an event at which Mickelson recently replaced Bill Clinton as tournament ambassador. The CareerBuilder is slated for Jan. 19-22, 2017 in LaQuinta, California.