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Golf: Mickelson shrugs off injury concern before Masters

Published on Apr 4, 2014 6:14 AM
 
Phil Mickelson of the United States watches his tee shot on the ninth hole during round one of the Shell Houston Open at the Golf Club of Houston on April 3, 2014 in Humble, Texas. -- PHOTO: AFP

(REUTERS) - Phil Mickelson dispelled any lingering doubts about his health ahead of the Masters when he carded an impressive four-under-par 68 in the opening round of the Houston Open on Thursday.

A week before the start of the year's first major, Mickelson recorded four birdies during a bogey-free round in ideal morning conditions at the Golf Club of Houston.

Mickelson, a perennial contender at Augusta National, pulled out of the last week's Texas Open during the third round with a pulled abdominal muscle.

It was merely a precautionary decision, because the three-times Masters champion Mickelson was at Augusta National early this week for a practice round on his way to Houston.

 
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