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Mickelson misses Pro-Am, still in Shell Houston Open field

After missing the Pro-Am Wednesday at the Shell Houston Open, Phil Mickelson is still planning to play Thursday in the opening round despite an oblique injury that forced him out of the Valero Texas Open last weekend.

Mickelson is set to tee off Thursday at 7:50 a.m. local time off No. 10 at the Golf Club of Houston in a featured group with Webb Simpson and Keegan Bradley.

Last week’s champion Steven Bowditch bucked the trend of withdrawing from a tournament the week after collecting a victory. Bowditch is playing at the Shell Houston Open as he prepares for his start at the Masters Tournament next week.

With Tiger Woods already out of the Masters Tournament following back surgery, Mickelson’s appearance (still questionable) will certainly be the talk of the town all week.

Other Golf News:

  • Bernhard Langer leads the Champions Tour’s Charles Schwab Cup standings followed by Fred Couples and Michael Allen.
  • Jimmy Walker has 10 Top 10s in the PGA Tour season and leads the FedEx Cup Standings. He is playing in Houston this week and is a 33-to-1 pick at Ladbrokes.com to win the title.
  • ShopRite extending its title sponsorship with the LPGA Tour through 2016. The ShopRite LPGA Classic takes place in late May in New Jersey a few weeks prior to the U.S. Women’s Open.
  • Stacy Lewis and Anna Nordqvist (who has two victories in the last four LPGA Tour tournaments) are one of the headline pairings at this week’s Kraft Nabisco Championship in the California desert. The duo tees off at 7:58 a.m. local time off No. 10 at Mission Hills Country Club.