A second surgery in three months to treat a sports hernia will keep Phil Mickelson out indefinitely.
At age 46, Mickelson recently helped the US to the Ryder Cup Championship. He is shy only the US Open from winning a career Grand Slam.
He is supposed to be back in action at the CareerBuilder Challenger in January, a tournament he serves as ambassador at. He could end up missing two of his most consistent events: the Farmers Insurance open in his native San Diego as well as the Waste Management Phoenix Open in his adopted home in Arizona.
He’s gone 2-1/2 seasons without a tournament, the last coming at the 2013 Open Championship. He finished second behind Henrik Stenson this year at that same event.
Mickleson has won 42 title and five Majors in his career, despite never being ranked No. 1. His title total is ninth all-time and second among active players behind only Tiger Woods.
He’s tied for 14th all-time with five Majors and tied for fourth with three Masters wins.