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HUMBLE, Texas -- Phil Mickelson has never shied away from suspense, though its usually limited to his play. Cheap Shoes For Sale . The four-time major winner, who withdrew from last weeks Texas Open after pulling a muscle in his right side, waited as long as possible to end the guessing about whether he would play this week ahead of the Masters. Mickelson finally announced his intentions to indeed play at this weeks Houston Open on Wednesday afternoon through a post on his website. The decision came after two days of "light practice" at Augusta National, where Mickelson said his side "felt sore as opposed to hurting." "I feel that to give myself the best chance at the Masters I have to play in Houston," Mickelson said. "If I thought I would injure myself further I would have withdrawn from the tournament, but the last few days have been good." Mickelson didnt play in Wednesdays pro-am, fueling speculation that he might withdraw from the tournament he won in 2011. However, tournament director Steve Timms said that had been planned for six weeks -- long before his injury. Timms said Mickelson had already agreed to take part in a sponsor dinner rather than play in the pro-am. The worlds No. 5 player helped solidify the Houston Opens spot as a preferred Masters tuneup by committing to play in 2008 and every year since. He finished 16th last year. Mickelsons return to the 7,441-yard Golf Club of Houston -- formerly known as Redstone Golf Club before an ownership change -- highlights a stellar field that features the winners of 34 major championships. Its a field that includes Henrik Stenson, Rory McIlroy and Sergio Garcia, among others, as well as defending champion D.A. Points. First and foremost, theyre after the winners share of the $6.4 million event -- while also using the courses slick greens and tight rough to prepare for the Masters. After a schedule change last year, the tournament is back in its normal slot. And thats just fine with McIlroy, who tied for 45th at the event last year while still in the infant stages of a club change. "Its brilliant," McIlroy said. "They get the fairway heights the same, the rough heights the same, the runoff around the greens ... Its perfect for that." McIlroy finished 19th at the Houston Open in 2009 before missing the cut a year later. The former world No. 1 was winless on the PGA Tour last year, though he has been trending upward since -- including a win over Adam Scott in the Australian Open in December. He finished second at the Honda Classic last month before tying for 25th at Doral. McIlroy took the last three weeks off leading into the Houston Open-- a big change from last year when he decided to play the Texas Open only days ahead of time. Even with Augusta National looming, McIlroy said hes fully focused on competing this week. "I think its important to finish well," McIlroy said. "I dont think theres any better way to prepare than getting yourself into contention and playing golf under pressure, because thats ultimately what you want to do next week." Points sank a 13-foot par putt on the 72nd hole to win last year, winning by one stroke over Stenson and Billy Horschel. The American hasnt finished higher than 28th this year, including missed cuts in each of his last two tournaments, but his confidence is high this week. "Knowing that Ive had success here, and its cool to be out there," Points said. "Makes you feel like, Hey, I can do that again." Mickelson tees off Thursday morning with Webb Simpson and Keegan Bradley, with the threesome of Texas native Jimmy Walker, Stenson and Matt Kuchar behind them. McIlroys threesome with Dustin Johnson and Luke Donald begins in the afternoon, followed immediately by a group including Jordan Spieth, Garcia and Steve Stricker. Cheap Shoes From China . After a 99-97 loss to the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday night, his Celtics coaches and teammates have only positive things to say about the Toronto-born rookie. Cheap Shoes Free Shipping .com) - Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price is set to return Tuesday against Nashville after sitting out the past two games because of a minor upper body injury. https://www.cheapshoesdiscount.com/ .com) - Patrick Reed poured in a 19-foot birdie putt on the first playoff hole Monday to defeat Jimmy Walker and win the Hyundai Tournament of Champions.(SportsNetwork.com) - The Chicago Blackhawks seek to bounce back on their current road trip Friday night as they visit the NHL-leading Anaheim Ducks. The Blackhawks opened up a seven-game swing with a shootout victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins before the All-Star break, their second win in a row overall, but were topped 4-3 by the hosting Los Angeles Kings on Wednesday night. Patrick Sharp and Patrick Kane each finished with a goal and an assist, Andrew Shaw also lit the lamp and Corey Crawford allowed four goals on 27 shots for Chicago. I think we might have sat back a little bit and waited for them to come to us, said Kane. Usually when we do that, bad things happen. The Blackhawks now sit third in the Central Division, two points ahead of Winnipeg and two back of the second-place St. Louis Blues. Crawford expects to start tonight with Antti Raanta slated to go on Saturday versus the San Jose Sharks. Crawford is 8-4-1 lifetime verssus the Ducks with a 1. Cheap Shoes Discount. 95 goals against average, .924 save percentage and two shutouts in 14 games (13 starts). Anaheim, meanwhile, is in action for a second straight night having had a six- game win streak halted with a 6-3 loss to the Sharks on Thursday night. Ilya Bryzgalov gave up all six goals -- five in the second period -- on 25 shots and Frederik Andersen turned aside all eight shots fired his way in relief. If I made a couple of saves on some of those goals, it might be different, said Bryzgalov. Andrew Cogliano, Patrick Maroon and Matt Beleskey all lit the lamp for the Ducks, who lead the NHL with 70 points. Anaheim has lost three of its past four to Chicago, including a 4-1 setback on Nov. 28. Andersen allowed three goals on 37 shots to take the loss in his first career meeting with the Blackhawks. Crawford, meanwhile, posted 23 saves and Kane scored twice, while Shaw had a goal and an assist. ' ' '

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