Monday, July 20, 2009

While the golf world focused on Turnberry, Phil Mickelson was back in the states taking care of his family, including his wife and mother, who are both battling breast cancer. On Thursday he shared good news about them on his Web site."My mom had surgery yesterday [Wednesday]," he wrote on "She was very brave and everything went
well. We should get her pathology in a week and we are all optimistic.
It meant so much to me and Amy to be there with her."His wife, Amy, had surgery on July 1. "Amy is
doing very well," he added on the site. "The best news so far is that the cancer has not spread
to the lymph nodes, which improves our chances of beating this in the
short and long term. We’re awaiting one test result that will influence
Amy’s treatment plan."The Mickelson's announced in May that Amy had been diagnosed with breast cancer, and then in July that his mother was also battling the disease. The announcements were met with an outpouring of support from PGA Tour players and fans alike. "The waiting and wondering sometimes can be the most difficult part, but
[Amy] has a very positive attitude and has handled all of this with her
usual grace. I'm so proud of her," Mickelson said on his site. "The prayers, notes, articles, e-mails, texts, and packages get us
through every day. We feel the support all around us. Our gratitude is
hard to put into words."He withdrew from the British Open, citing his wife's health. This was the first major championship he has missed since the Masters in 1994, when he broke his leg skiing. His last tournament was the U.S. Open at Bethpage, where he finished tied for second. There has been no word on when he might return to the tour.

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