Five-time major champion, Phil Mickelson hit his drive at the first hole(his 10th of the day) and promptly withdrew from The Valero Texas Open on Saturday. The 43 year-old aging super-star was in Texas attempting to get his game ready for The Masters in two weeks, and appeared to pull something in his abdomen after striking the tee shot.
Mickelson left the course with his daughter, and is flying back to San Diego to consult with his physician. He is scheduled to play again next week at The Shell Houston Open, but that has to come into question at this point. His Caddie, Jim(Bones)MacKay said Phil was attempting to find some more yardage when something snapped.
“My back’s feeling great, my body’s been feeling great,” Mickelson said in a statement. “I felt as good as I have all year. My speed is back, I was hitting the ball hard, driving it great. I pulled a muscle on my downswing trying to hit the ball hard on the (first hole — his 10th). It just killed and it wouldn’t subside for 10 or 12 seconds.
“I’m going to go back to San Diego for a couple of days and have a doctor take a 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 (Shell Houston Open) but I just don’t know.”
Phil was one over par on the day and was excited after making a birdie on his final hole to make the 36-hole cut. Lefty was making his first appearance in San Antonio since his rookie year in 1992. He had followed his opening round 77 with a two-under effort on Friday to make the cut.
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You have to wonder at this point if Lefty will be ready to go at Augusta for Masters week. He has four Green Jackets at this point in his career and has to be added to the list of questionable invitees that include Tiger Woods, and Jason Day.