Mickelson, feeling better, plays Buick pro-am

Phil Mickelson has recovered enough from his respiratory problems to play in the Buick Invitational pro-am this morning, according to a statement posted on his Web site.

Mickelson has also scheduled a practice session with Butch Harmon this afternoon. “I’m feeling much, much better,” Mickelson said. “I’m happy about that and looking forward to working with Butch to make sure everything’s in order for this week.”

The decision to play the pro-am makes it seem likely that Mickelson will make his Thursday tee time, 8:50 a.m. at Torrey Pines in San Diego. On Monday, his doctor directed him to stay in bed for two days, and Mickelson postponed a press conference on Tuesday at the Buick. Mickelson has suffered from heavy congestion, shortness of breath and fatigue since October.

A Gaylord Sports spokesman said it was not clear whether his condition was caused by working in the smoky debris on his property in San Diego County following wildfires last autumn, or by an illness he developed in Singapore in November. Mickelson won in China the following week, but his agency said he has not felt his best since then.

His condition worsened on Monday, and doctors advised rest and antibiotics.

Mickelson is a three-time winner of the Buick Invitational, although he has not won at Torrey Pines since 2001.