Phil Mickelson has never shied away from suspense, though it's usually limited to his play.
The four-time major winner, who withdrew from last week's 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 play at this week's 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 "If I thought I would injure myself further, I would have withdrawn from the tournament, but the last few days have been good."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's return to the Golf Club of Houston -- formerly known as Redstone Golf Club before an ownership change -- highlights a field that includes Henrik Stenson, Rory McIlroy and Sergio Garcia and defending champion D.A. Points.
McIlroy said he hadn't spoken with Tiger Woods since news of Woods' back surgery that will keep him out of next week's visit to Augusta National.
The former world No. 1 also said golf overall, not just next week's Masters, is seemingly as wide open as it has been during his time as a pro.
"It's almost like golf is waiting for someone to stamp their authority on the game and be that dominant player," McIlroy said.
LPGA: If Karrie Webb had her way, Dinah Shore would be back on the marquee at the first major LPGA championship of the season.
Kraft Nabisco is in its final year as the title sponsor, leaving the LPGA Tour looking for a replacement in the event that began in 1972 as the Colgate Dinah Shore and is now called the Kraft Nabisco Championship.
"My opinion, I have voiced it a few times in the last year or so, is that I think Dinah Shore's name should come back onto the event just to keep that identity," said Webb, a two-time winner in the event that starts Thursday at Mission Hills in Rancho Mirage.
She also is adamant that the event stays at Mission Hills.
"There's too much history and too much tradition here," Webb said. "If the LPGA lacks anything, in any other events, it's that."
Nabisco dropped Shore's name from the title in 2000, though the tournament is still referred to as "The Dinah Shore" or simply "The Dinah" 20 years after the singer and television star's death.
She also withdrew last week before the Kia Classic in Carlsbad and missed the season-opening event in the Bahamas because of a shoulder injury.
Pettersen tied for third last season at the Kraft Nabisco.