|Tiger Woods has back issues. (Allison)|
Phil was bullish about his game last Friday at the Valero Texas Open. ""My speed is back, my back feels great, my body feels great and I'm able to hit the ball hard again," Lefty said.
Then, on Saturday, he withdrew from the tournament with a strained oblique muscle. Swinging hard with his driver to get ready for the Masters, Mickelson hurt himself on the 1st tee, his 10th hole of the day.
"I'm going to go back to San Diego for a couple days and have a doctor take a look at it," Mickelson was quoted as saying at GolfChannel.com, "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."
Tiger's problems are apparently worse. His deal is a bulging disk that won't require surgery, according to an unnamed source as reported by Golfweek. The winner of 14 major championships is uncertain about whether he'll tee it up at Augusta.
"It's too early to know about the Masters," Woods said at his website. "I will continue to be evaluated and work closely with my doctors."
For the players, media and fans, no Tiger and no Phil would be a different kind of trip down Magnolia Lane. I'll make that trip if I have to, but it won't be the same.