Lefty picks family vacation over Match Play

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SAN DIEGO – Phil Mickelson is skipping the Match Play Championship next month in Arizona while he takes his kids on a vacation that was postponed because of his wife’s cancer treatment.

Depending on the return of Tiger Woods, it could be the first time the 64-man field at the Match Play, a World Golf Championship event, is missing its two biggest stars when played in the United States.

The WGC-Match Play is Feb. 17-21 at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club Dove Mountain in Marana, Ariz.

Mickelson said his wife, Amy, is responding well to breast cancer treatment and the long-term prognosis is good. He says medical procedures got in the way of previous vacations, and their three children are on spring break the week of the Match Play.

Mickelson, the No. 2 player in the world, said other parts of his early schedule also might be affected.

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