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Mickelson Unhampered By Oblique Strain In Strong Opening Round

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Golf Club Of Houston (CBS Houston) - Phil Mickelson’s status was in doubt as late as Tuesday this week due to an oblique strain, but the left-hander logged a strong opening round at the Shell Houston Open on Thursday.

He finished three shots off the lead with a four-under 68, crediting immediate treatment as the key to his quick recovery.

“I feel a lot better,” Mickelson said after his round. “I travel with a light therapy machine and I got it on right away and I think that made a world of difference as far as expediting the healing process.”

Mickelson’s grouping, which included Keegan Bradley and Webb Simpson, was bogey free on the day.

“It was the first time I remember that happening, certainly in my career,” Mickelson said. “It was a fun day. We probably wanted a few more birdies but to not make any bogies as a group is pretty special.”

Matt Kuchar, who ended the day tied for second at six under, came off the course right after Mickelson and couldn’t help but toss a friendly jab his way.

“That’s quite a feat,” Kuchar said after being prompted by a reporter. “That’s the first time Phil’s had no bogeys in his career. That’s why,” he quipped.

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