Mickelson withdraws from San Diego event due to back pain

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[January 25, 2014]  (Reuters)  Phil Mickelson has withdrawn from the Farmers Insurance Open after the second round due to muscle pain in his back, the PGA said in a report on its website.

San Diego native Mickelson carded a one-over 73 on the South Course at Torrey Pines just outside his hometown to finish on two-under for the tournament, eight adrift of leader Jordan Spieth, but complained of discomfort for the second day in a row.

The left-hander's management company confirmed his decision in a statement late on Friday evening, the report said.

(Reporting by Sudipto Ganguly; editing by John O'Brien)

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