Phil Mickelson has had surgery for a sports hernia for the second time in three months and is not sure when he will play next. Mickelson first had surgery on his hernia in October, right after playing in the Safeway Open.
Mickelson had the initial procedure Oct. 19 to remove a walnut-sized hernia behind his belly button. He said last month that he was “all fixed up,” but a statement Monday confirmed that he needed another surgery.
Mickelson’s management group, Lagadere Sports, announced the surgery Monday but did not say when it occurred. A full recovery is expected. A successful procedure typically has a recovery time of 4-6 weeks.
Phil Mickelson is scheduled to be the ambassador of the CareerBuilder Challenge PGA Tour event Jan. 19-22 in La Quinta. He replaces Bill Clinton since the Clinton Foundation is no longer associated with the event.
Mickelson had a good year in 2016, nearly winning in Pebble Beach, Memphis and at the British Open in July, along with a good performance in the Ryder Cup.
His caddie “Bones” McKay had a double knee replacement the same day that Mickelson had his first hernia surgery in October.
Mickelson was third in the 2016 CareerBuilder event.