By Larry GLicken

When Phil Mickelson had to withdraw from the Valero Texas Open on Saturday, it left some wondering if lefty will make an appearance at the Masters this year.

Phil has been battling physical ailments this season, allowing his body to show his age. At age 43, you have to wonder how many more years Mickelson can compete on the PGA tour.

He hurt his back earlier this season which forced him to miss a few tour stops already this season. Now with a pulled oblique just a couple of weeks before the Masters, we wonder what Phil can do to get ready for Augusta.

Mickelson issued this statement when he withdrew from the Texas Open;

“My back’s feeling great, my body’s been feeling great,” Mickelson said. “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 [his 11th]. 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 planing to use the two tournaments in Texas as a tune up for his game heading into this years Masters. Now that he had to withdraw, and his appearance in Houston is questionable, we have to wonder how ready Phil will be at the Masters this season.

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