Phil Mickelson has revealed that he will play at this week's Houston Open after his recent injury scare.

The 43-year old suffered an injury to his right oblique muscle in last week's Valero Texas Open during his third round.

There were immediate concerns regarding the Americans involvement at The Masters but it now seems that the three time champion at Augusta will be looking for his sixth major title.

Despite the injury Mickelson decided to travel to Augusta to have a practice round ahead of the tournament starting on April 10.

"I played nine holes today at Augusta and I felt pretty good," he told his official website.

"I was able to swing fine. It just felt sore as opposed to hurting. I feel that to give myself the best chance at the Masters I have to play in Houston.

"If I thought I would injure myself further I would have withdrawn from the tournament but the last few days have been good."

Mickelson will be looking to improve his chances of winning the Green Jacket at next weeks Masters in Augusta when he competes in the Houston Open.

But he has had a slow start to the season and preparations for the tournament have been far from ideal. In eight starts Mickelson has failed to finish in the top 10 and a back injury forced him to miss Torrey Pines in February.

Mickelson had entered the Texas Open for the first time since 1992 in the hope to play more competitive round before this years Masters. But earlier this week his caddie, Jim Mackay, admitted that his preparations for The Masters had been his downfall.

"As you might imagine, he's trying to get ready for Augusta, he's hitting a lot of drivers, hitting them a little harder," said Mackay.

"He just felt a little pain in his side and it continued on for a few minutes and he just decided he didn't want to take anything to chance relative to what's going on the next couple of weeks."

The world number five was a winner at Houston in 2011. He won his first Masters title in 2004 and victories followed in 2006 and 2010.

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