Et Tu, Phil? (Updated)
By Torleif Sorenson on 4/2/14

This was the scene at TPC San Antonio last Saturday, when Phil Mickelson withdrew from the Valero Texas Open with a muscle-strain in his back. Lefty was ten holes into his third round when it happened. Playing partner Stuart Appleby recounted the episode for the gathered press:
"Phil had hit a few poor shots but it was the first hole of our back nine when I really noticed there was something wrong, as he just didn't look right. Then he sort of feathered one down the next and that was it. He then came over to John (Merrick) and myself and said: 'Look guys. I think something's going on in my back and I'm out of here."
Mickelson was apparently well-enough to attend an NBA game in San Antonio that night, but flew home to San Diego the next day.

On Tuesday, Mickelson withdrew from Wednesday's Shell Houston Open pro-am — and as of this writing, PGA Tour officials are still unsure about whether or not Mickelson will play.

It seems utterly ridiculous that Mickelson would even risk aggravating his back the week before The Masters by playing in the SHO. But then again, if he were truly injured, he should not have gone to a pro basketball game just hours after riding off the course — it simply doesn't look good to fans and observers.

Update, Wednesday at 4:00 p.m. CT

Late Wednesday afternoon, Mickelson confirmed that he will play in the Shell Houston Open.
"I played nine holes today at Augusta and I felt pretty good," Phil said as he boarded his flight to Houston Wednesday afternoon. "I was able to swing fine. It just felt sore as opposed to hurting."
His web site also clarified the reason why Mickelson did not play in the Houston Open pro-am on Wednesday:
"Months ago the tournament asked me to do a pro-am dinner Thursday night instead of playing the pro-am Wednesday, and I'm thankful for that. It gives me more time to spend with more of their sponsors and another day at Augusta."

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[ comments ]
slimpks1850 says:
jcstoll says:
Who are fans and observers to judge? For all we know, he already had planned going to the game. Didn't he take his daughter? Maybe she had her heart set on going. And sitting is a little different from walking a few miles and swinging golf clubs.
legitimatebeef says:
This is all quite obviously just an elaborate ploy to make himself not look so bad for skipping out on the pro-am.
legitimatebeef says:
I'm having deja vu.
SpaceMaNy0 says:
and Eldrick's FIGJAM is met with, "yes sir, thank you sir."
DougE says:
Watching basketball requires a comfortable seat and a pair of working eyes. Playing Tour-level golf requires your back and a whole lot more to be working properly. Apples and oranges.

If you sprain your wrist while shoveling the driveway the morning after a snowstorm, does that mean you can't or shouldn't go to the concert you have tickets for that night?

Sure, everyone has an opinion, but at least use some common sense before spewing judgement on any situation of which you don't know all the facts. Why is it that everyone thinks they are experts on how others should act?
jasonfish11 says:
What is this common sense thing you speak of
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