Lefty 'nervous' for Augusta despite best finish of year at SHO


HUMBLE, Texas – Phil Mickelson finished 12th Sunday at the Shell Houston Open, his best finish this season on the PGA Tour, but he admitted that he’s “nervous” heading into next week’s Masters.

“I haven’t had the results, I haven’t been in contention and I haven’t won this year, so I’m certainly nervous about my chances,” he said after a final-round 71 left him eight shots behind.

Mickelson said that his injured right oblique is now a non-factor, and that this was the healthiest he has felt all season.

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Mickelson heads now to Augusta, where he’s a three-time winner, but he has never won the Masters when he didn’t have at least one top-10 finish entering the event.

“I think it’s important to have some momentum and to have been in contention heading into the Masters because there’s a lot of pressure there, you feel it,” he said.

“Even when I’m playing really well and I’ve won, you’re nervous because the expectations are a lot higher. It’s not that I have doubts; I just would have liked to be in contention a little bit more. I was hoping to do that this week but wasn’t able to quite put it together.”