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Ill Phil cutting back on high fiving fans

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AKRON, Ohio – Phil Mickelson posted a 1-over 71 to start the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational on Thursday, but afterward he just seemed happy to be here.

Coming off strep throat that he contracted after the Open Championship, Mickelson admitted that he hadn’t been able to prepare much coming into the week.

“I haven't been able to physically practice,” he said. “I've been putting and chipping, but I haven't been able to hit a lot of balls.”


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Mickelson said that although he’s feeling better, the fan favorite might have to cut down on his interaction with the galleries.

“I've got to be a little bit careful on some of the high fives and hand slappings and stuff, because it looks like that's kind of been the cause of me getting sick a little bit. I've got to cut some of that out.”

He did, however, maintain that some of his more memorable performances have occurred when he wasn’t feeling his best.

“I played some of my best golf when I was sick too. It’s been a while now, but back in San Diego, like 2000 or 2001, I ended up being in the hospital with an IV on Tuesday and Wednesday and ended up winning.”