Phil Mickelson to play both Texas events to prepare for Masters

Phil Mickelson
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By John Holmes

Series: Golf Buzz

Published: Wednesday, March 19, 2014 | 5:05 p.m.
Phil Mickelson has decided to play the Valero Texas Open next week in addition to the Shell Houston Open in two weeks. That means the three-time Masters champion would play both Texas events before he arrives at Augusta National for the first major of the year.
Mickelson hasn't played the Texas Open since 1992. It now is played on the AT&T Oaks Course at TPC San Antonio.
This is the second straight year the Valero Texas Open has landed a top player at the last minute. Rory McIlroy played last year and was runner-up to Martin Laird.
Mickelson prefers to play before majors. He previously has said he would play the Shell Houston Open, which is the week before the Masters. He had been undecided on the Texas Open.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.