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  • Phil Mickelson birdied the last hole Friday to make the weekend at TPC San Antonio. (Darren Carroll/Getty Images) Phil Mickelson birdied the last hole Friday to make the weekend at TPC San Antonio. (Darren Carroll/Getty Images)

SAN ANTONIO -- Phil Mickelson unexpectedly pulled out of the Valero Texas Open on Saturday with a pulled muscle, one day after making birdie on the 18th hole to make the cut on the number. 

Mickelson was 1 over Saturday when he withdrew on the second hole, his 11th on the day. Mickelson's caddie, Jim Mackay, said Mickelson believed that he pulled an oblique muscle and that the injury was unrelated to the back injury that forced Mickelson to withdraw from this year's Farmers Insurance Open.

"My back's feeling great, my body's been feeling great," Mickelson said in a statement. "I felt as good as I have all year. My speed is back, I was hitting the ball hard, driving it great. I pulled a muscle on my downswing trying to hit the ball hard on the (first hole -- his 10th). It just killed and it wouldn't subside for 10 or 12 seconds.

"I'm going to go back to San Diego for a couple of days and have a doctor take a look at it but there's really not much you can do for a pulled muscle. I hope I'll be OK to play the (Shell Houston Open) but I just don't know."

Mickelson's quotes Saturday echoed what he said after Friday's 2-under 70. "I’m hitting the ball hard, I’m hitting it high, my speed is back, my back feels great, my body feels great, and I’m able to hit the ball hard again," he said.

Mickelson won the 2011 Shell Houston Open. He was making his first Valero Texas Open appearance since 1992, his first season as a pro.

Withdraws from Valero Texas Open
  • PHIL MICKELSON

    Withdraws from Valero Texas Open

Withdraws from Valero Texas Open
  • PHIL MICKELSON

    Withdraws from Valero Texas Open

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