Mickelson expects to be OK
Phil Mickelson was heading to Augusta for the Masters through Texas, but he lost his way.
Mickelson withdrew from the Valero Texas Open after 10 holes of the third round on Saturday because of what he thought was a pulled oblique muscle, and he flew home to San Diego to have it checked out.
“I pulled a muscle on my downswing trying to hit it hard,” Mickelson said a statement. “It just killed and it wouldn’t subside for 10 or 12 seconds. I’m going back to San Diego (for) a couple of days and have a doctor look at it, but there’s really not much you can do for a pulled muscle.
“I hope I’ll be OK to play the in Houston, but I just don’t know.”
Whenever he does play, Mickelson will again be looking for his first top-10 of the season.
"I like the course and I like playing in Houston,” said Mickelson.
“It’s not really a course like Augusta, though. Augusta you hit drivers. (In Houston) you hit 3-woods off the tee. Augusta has Bermuda (grass), has a lot of chipping areas around the green. (In Houston) you have either sand or water around the greens. It’s not as though it’s a great preparation for Augusta. It’s just that any place that doesn’t have rough I love.”