Phil Mickelson pulled out of the Valero Texas Open on Saturday after playing 10 holes, citing a pulled muscle on his right side, according to a statement:
My back’s feeling great, my body’s been feeling great. 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 second hole. It just killed and it wouldn’t subside for 10 or 12 seconds.
I’m going to go back to San Diego of 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 in Houston but I just don’t know.
Mickelson opened with a five-over 77, but rallied on Friday, posting a two-under 70 to make the cut on the number.
He was one-over through 10 holes when he withdrew.
Jim “Bones” Mackay, Phil’s caddie, spoke to Golf Channel’s Steve Sands following the withdrawal.
“As you might imagine, he’s trying to get ready for Augusta, he’s hitting a lot of drivers, hitting them harder,” Mackay said via GolfChannel.com. “He hit one off the first tee, his 10th hole today and just felt a little pain in his side. It continued on for a few minutes and he just decided that he didn’t want to take anything to chance relative to what’s going on the next couple weeks.”
Yeah, it probably didn’t hurt that Phil’s not the biggest fan of the golf course and it pained him even more at the thought of playing TPC San Antonio for another 26 holes. Just speculating.
This is the second time this season that Mickelson has pulled out of a tournament due to an injury. At the Farmers Insurance Open, he withdrew after two rounds, citing a back injury.
Hopefully it’s nothing serious — we can’t have Tiger Woods *and* Phil Mickelson injured before the Masters, not to mention Jason Day.
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