Phil Mickelson has hernia surgery

<div class="news_article"><p>Phil Mickelson has undergone a successful surgery to repair a sports hernia.</p><p>According to Tim Rosaforte of Golf Channel and Golf World, Mickelson had umbilical hernia surgery on Oct. 19, three days after the five-time major winner finished tied for eighth place in the PGA Tour&rsquo;s season-opening Safeway Open in Napa, Calif.</p><p><div class="getty embed image" style="background-color:#fff;display:inline-block;font-family:'Helvetica Neue',Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif;color:#a7a7a7;font-size:11px;width:100%;max-width:594px;"><div style="padding:0;margin:0;text-align:left;"><a href="" target="_blank" style="color:#a7a7a7;text-decoration:none;font-weight:normal !important;border:none;display:inline-block;">Embed from Getty Images</a></div><div style="overflow:hidden;position:relative;height:0;padding:65.824916% 0 0 0;width:100%;"><iframe src="//" width="594" height="391" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" style="display:inline-block;position:absolute;top:0;left:0;width:100%;height:100%;margin:0;"></iframe></div><p style="margin:0;"></p></div></p><p></p><p>&ldquo;It wasn&rsquo;t an outie belly button per se, it just looked like it,&rdquo; Mickelson told Rosaforte. &ldquo;It was a walnut-sized hernia behind my belly button. It was no big deal, nor did it affect me when I played. I pushed it back in every minute or so. I couldn&rsquo;t work out as intensely as I wanted to. That&rsquo;s all. It didn&rsquo;t hurt or affect me. It was just annoying.&rdquo;</p><p>The 46-year-old said he will be able now to engage in his planned off-season training and fitness program.</p><p>The 2016 campaign was a good one, by most measures, for Mickelson. He finished second three times on the PGA Tour: at Pebble Beach in February, in Memphis in June and at the Open Championship in July, in what is arguably the greatest mano-a-mano showdown in major championship history, to Henrik Stenson. At the Ryder Cup, Mickelson was effectively a playing captain, helping to engineer the first U.S. Ryder Cup win since 2008, including a Sunday singles draw against Sergio Garcia that included 10 birdies.</p><p>Expect to see Mickelson kick off his 2017 at the CareerBuilder Challenge in the California desert. Mickelson took over from former President Bill Clinton as the event&rsquo;s ambassador, making Mickelson, for all intents and purposes, tournament host.</p></div>