Phil Mickelson withdrew from the Valero Texas Open Saturday, citing a pulled oblique muscle.
Mickelson was 1 over through 10 holes, 4 over overall, at the time of his withdrawal. He made the cut on the number Friday after birdieing his final hole.
“My back’s feeling great, my body’s been feeling great,” Mickelson said in a statement. “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 (the par-4 11th). It just killed and it wouldn’t subside for 10 or 12 seconds.”
This is the second time in eight events this season that Mickelson has withdrawn from a tournament. He pulled out of the Farmers Insurance Open in January with muscle pain in his back.
Mickelson is scheduled to play next week’s Shell Houston Open.
“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,” Mickelson added. “I hope I’ll be OK to play the (Shell Houston Open), but I just don’t know.”