There was a question about whether Phil Mickelson would tee it up at the Shell Houston Open. Phil answered the question in his first round and posted a 4 under par 68 in round 1.

Now, lets not get too excited, Phil still has to show his 43-year-old body can play 4 rounds of competitive golf without pulling a muscle. He needs to show he is ready to play in the Masters.

Mickelson has struggled this season and he is 3 shots behind the leaders at the Shell Houston open. But coming back in only a week after pulling a muscle shows Mickelson can still heal quickly.

Phil needs to get his putter working well this week. He putted well in his first round, but he didn’t find the magic Mickelson putting that would enable him to jump to the top of the leader board.

Mickelson is tied for 112th in putting after round 1. He has to find his stroke especially with the Masters just around the corner.

Mickelson has to show in round 2, he can find the stroke that will let him make a move to the top of the leader board. If he can’t, he will have a tough weekend ahead for himself and it won’t be easy to make a move at Augusta National, if he can’t find the magic in his stroke.

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