Posted January 17, 2013 on AP on Fox
While the golf world focused on Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy in another glitzy desert oasis far away in Abu Dhabi, Phil Mickelson had about as low profile of a day as possible on the eve of his season opener. Fighting flu-like symptoms for more than a week, the 42-year-old Mickelson traveled to the Coachella Valley early Wednesday from his home in Rancho Santa Fe near San Diego. He registered for the Humana Challenge, but didn't play or practice at La Quinta Country Club -- the site of his first round Thursday -- or PGA West's two tournament courses. Mickelson last spoke to the media Monday during a conference call for the Pebble Beach event, where he will go for a record-tying fifth victory next month. ''I have been sick. I've had what's going around,'' Mickelson said. The illness cost him valuable practice time with instructor Butch Harmon in the area, leaving the 40-time PGA Tour winner a bit unprepared as he enters a stretch of five or six str...
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