Mickelson likely to miss British
Thursday, June 18, 2009
FARMINGDALE, N.Y. – To help celebrate his 39th birthday, Phil Mickelson on Tuesday was extended a double-header: Breakfast in bed, then breakfast at his favorite “joint” back home in San Diego.
There were also presents from wife Amy (sunglasses and a camera), though Mickelson concedes it would be “tough to top last year” when she gave him a dinosaur head.
As for a return gift, Mickelson smiled. His wife has indicated that “she would like a little silver trophy in her hospital room, so I’ll try and accommodate that.”
Translation: For the lefthander, this is not a token appearance at the U.S. Open, he’s here to win his first U.S. Open and fourth major. “I’m putting everything into this week,” he said bright and early this morning, before setting out on a practice round at Bethpage Black.
Having arrived Tuesday night, Mickelson is playing a second straight week and answering questions about his wife, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in late May. She is home with the couple’s three children, though a support system is in place that Mickelson said has overwhelmed them.
“I don’t know how to put it into words, but we don’t feel like we’re alone in this,” Mickelson said. “To feel that support means a lot.”
Mickelson conceded he’d “most likely” skip the British Open in July, with a return to the PGA Tour probably earmarked for “August at the earliest.”
Amy Mickelson will begin treatment for her breast cancer July 1.
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