Mickelson's still in U.S. Open, but in pain

Mickelson on No. 9 at Oakmont.
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OAKMONT, Pa. (AP) -- Phil Mickelson won't play a full practice round before Thursday's start of the U.S. Open and he expects to be in some pain, despite being told otherwise by a doctor last week.

"I should be able to play, no problem, but I won't be able to be pain-free," Mickelson said Tuesday, when he got onto Oakmont for the first time since last month but could play only nine holes.

Mickelson also did some chipping and putting for about a half hour, and expects to do the same thing Wednesday, when he again expects to play only nine holes.

Mickelson hurt the wrist while chipping out of Oakmont's rough during a practice round Memorial Day weekend. The injury, diagnosed by two doctors as inflammation, forced him to pull out of the Memorial a week later after only 11 holes. He also didn't compete last weekend at Memphis.

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