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Golf

Mickelson’s wrist hurting

OAKMONT, Pa. — Phil Mickelson played only nine holes in his U.S. Open practice round Tuesday at Oakmont Country Club, but it wasn’t the abbreviated nature of his workout that most revealed how injured his left wrist remains.

Nor was it the brace he wore as protection.

It was the fact that he couldn’t sign autographs.

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The most fan-friendly player in the game waved off fan requests in order to protect the wrist he hurt in a practice round at Oakmont on Memorial Day weekend.

"I have concerns," Mickelson said. "But I’m going to do the best I can do."

Mickelson, 36, appeared at peak form winning The Players Championship in May. It was his second victory this season, strong signs he was rebounding from his collapse at the 72nd hole of last year’s U.S. Open.

Mickelson said two doctors have examined his wrist and concur there’s inflammation but no serious damage. He has received cortisone shots and extensive therapy, but said he probably wouldn’t play if it weren’t the U.S. Open.

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