|(Golf) Mickelson may miss Masters
Five-time Major Champion Phil Mickelson remains in serious doubt for next week's Masters in the US state of Georgia, after informing officials he would not be available to compete in this week's Pro Am at the Houston Open.
Should the 43-year-old world number five miss the Masters it would see the first of this season's Majors lose a second major drawcard after earlier on Tuesday Tiger Woods said he would miss the event for the first time in his career after undergoing back surgery.
Mickelson, though, remains in the draw for the first two rounds of the US$6.2million Houston Open which gets underway on Thursday.
The Masters starts the following week at Augusta National in Georgia.
Mickelson withdrew after 10 holes on day three of last week's Texas Open in San Antonio because of a muscle strain in his back.
He attended the NBA match between the San Antonio Spurs match and the New Orleans Pelicans later that night before returning home to San Diego for doctors to assess the injury.
It meant Mickelson missing out on playing planned practice rounds on Monday and Tuesday at Augusta National where he captured three of his five Majors.—AFP