After two days of light practice at Augusta National, Phil Mickelson heads to Texas later this afternoon for the Shell Houston Open.
Phil withdrew from the Valero Texas Open midway through the third round last week with an injury to his right oblique muscle. After a weekend at home he flew to Augusta for two days preparation for next week’s Masters Tournament.
“I played nine holes today at Augusta and I felt pretty good,” Phil said as he boarded his flight to Houston Wednesday afternoon. “I was able to swing fine. It just felt sore as opposed to hurting.”
Phil also said that reports of his withdrawal from the SHO Pro-Am were inaccurate.
“Months ago the tournament asked me to do a pro-am dinner Thursday night instead of playing the pro-am Wednesday,” Phil said, “and I’m thankful for that. It gives me more time to spend with more of their sponsors and another day at Augusta.”
He’s scheduled to play at 7:50 Thursday morning with Keegan Bradley and Webb Simpson.
“I feel that to give myself the best chance at the Masters I have to play in Houston,” said Phil. “If I thought I would injure myself further I would have withdrawn from the tournament but the last few days have been good.”
This will be Phil’s sixth consecutive appearance at the Shell Houston Open. In four of those years he finished higher at Augusta than he did at the SHO, one exception being 2011, when he won there and finished T-24 at Augusta.Tags: Masters Tournament, Phil Mickelson, Shell Houston Open, Valero Texas Open