Three-times Masters champion Phil Mickelson looked sharp in his preparation for next week`s season-opening major by firing a six-under-par 66 to join the first-round leaderboard at the Houston Open on Thursday.
As speculation mounts over whether Tiger Woods will compete at the Masters, the former world number one has spurned the chance to play in next week`s Houston Open, the final PGA Tour event before the year`s first major.
Playing in the Masters has always been an electrifying experience for Phil Mickelson and this week is no different for the American, even though he is "nervous" about his title bid after recent health concerns.
Five-time Major Champion Phil Mickelson remains in serious doubt for next week`s Masters after informing officials on Tuesday he would not be available to compete in this week`s Pro Am at the Houston Open.
American Hunter Mahan became the first golfer to record multiple wins on the PGA Tour this year by claiming a one-stroke victory over Sweden`s Carl Pettersson at the Houston Open in Humble, Texas, on Sunday.