Posted March 19, 2014

Phil Mickelson Adds Valero Texas Open to Pre-Masters Schedule

Phil Mickelson

Phil Mickelson shakes hands with former President George H.W. Bush during the 2010 Houston Open. (AP Photo/Dave Einsel)

Phil Mickelson is headed to next week’s Valero Texas Open, which means sponsors and fans are ready to party like it’s….1992?

That’s the last time Phil played the tournament, the same year he turned pro. He finished in the back of the pack, earning $2,380 for his efforts. Nick Price won and pocketed $162,000.

The tournament, which made the official announcement on Facebook this morning, is one of the final three chances to compete before the Masters next month at Augusta.

Phil won’t be playing in the Arnold Palmer Invitational, which begins tomorrow at Bay Hill in Orlando. Arnie told the Orlando Sentinel that Phil backed out for “personal reasons.”

Mickelson has not officially committed to play in Shell Houston Open, the second stop on the Texas Swing held from April 3-6, though he recently said that he will. He has a history of playing the week before majors, including the week before his three Masters victories (2004, 2006, 2010) at Augusta National.

He finished 10th in 2004 at the BellSouth Classic then won it in 2006. He was 35th in the 2010 Shell Houston Open.

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It would be good for golf if Phil Mickelson regains his winning touch!

It is clearly evident that Tiger Woods is "The Needle" in golf today because there is only one genuine comment about Phil's entry for the Texas Open while there are nearly 100 comments about Tiger's absence at Bay Hill GC. 

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