Mickelson set to return to action from muscle strain at Houston Open

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Phil Mickelson hits a chip shot on the 10th hole during the first round of the Valero Texas Open golf tournament, Thursday, March 27, 2014, in San Antonio. Play was delayed for more than two hours Thursday due to rain and fog. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

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By KURT VOIGT, AP Sports Writer

HUMBLE, Texas (AP) — Phil Mickelson says on his website that he's recovered and ready to play in this week's Houston Open.

The four-time major winner, who withdrew from last week's Texas Open after pulling a muscle in his right side, says he'll play in the $6.4-million event after two days of "light practice" at Augusta National, site of next week's Masters.

Mickelson, who won the Houston Open in 2011, didn't play in the pro-am Wednesday. That fueled speculation that he might withdraw, though tournament director Steve Timms said Mickelson was already scheduled to take part in a sponsor dinner instead.

Mickelson's return to the Golf Club of Houston — formerly known as Redstone Golf Club — highlights a stellar field that features the winners of 34 major championships.

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