Phil Mickelson Returns To PGA Tour
Golf fans around the world cheering on and supporting Amy and Phil Mickelson, were given a beacon of hope this week as Phil Mickelson returned to the PGA Tour on Wednesday, trying to maintain normalcy in a life that has been turned upside-down by the discovery that his wife Amy was diagnosed with breast cancer.
Phil Mickelson will play the St. Jude Classic, which starts on Thursday, and will return to New York’s Bethpage Black, the site of the 2009 U.S. Open. Mickelson who is very popular in the big apple was the runner-up to Tiger Woods at Bethpage in 2002.
A bit tentative about his game at this point, he said that he is not just playing to play, he said that he feels like he can stay in contention, especially at Bethpage.
Mickelson was at the famed Bethpage Black course on Tuesday for a practice round. His voice cracked at times Wednesday while talking about his wife, Amy, one of the most popular figures on the PGA Tour.
Regarding his beloved wife Amy, He said the cancer was discovered early enough that she wouldn’t have to rush into surgery or make quick decisions.
He expects surgery the first week in July, and only then will they have a better idea what they are facing. Mickelson sounded as though he would play more than the U.S. Open. He just wasn’t sure where. He added that throughout this year, Amy would undergo several treatments, but as a family they do normal things, like playing golf tournaments.
His three children are going camping with their grandparents this week, while Amy spends time with her closest friends. Mickelson said it was unlikely she would be at the U.S. Open — the first major she has missed — because of the emotion.
“It’s difficult to face a lot of people … when you’re seeing people crying,” Mickelson said. Mickelson has done his crying alone.
Supremely confident on the golf course, Mickelson said the emotions of watching his wife deal with breast cancer are new to him.
“I’ve never felt this emotion,” he said. “I’ll be driving alone and start crying. It’s weird.”
Golf has been part of their lives for the 16 years they have been together, and Mickelson is curious to see how he can separate a wife coping with cancer with the concentration required inside the ropes.
“I’m looking forward to the four to five hours … where I’ll be able to focus on something else,” he said.
We are rooting for you Phil, Go out and make things happen, and of course good luck to Amy.