Phil has 2nd hernia surgery; no timetable for return

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Phil Mickelson’s 2017 debut is in doubt after undergoing a second sports hernia surgery. 

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.

The 46-year-old is expected to make a full recovery, but there is no timetable for his return, according to a statement released through his spokesman, T.R. Reinman.

Mickelson was scheduled to begin his year at the Jan. 19-22 CareerBuilder Challenge in California, but it is unclear whether he will be able to compete. He at least will be in Palm Desert as a tournament ambassador.