Micheel boosted by mother’s good news

Shaun Micheel hits a shot at the St. Jude Classic in June. (file photo)
Shaun Micheel hits a shot at the St. Jude Classic in June. (file photo) ( Associated Press )

Saturday, July 10, 2010

SILVIS, Ill. – Nothing like a little bit of good news to jump-start one’s golf game.

First, Shaun Micheel learned that insurance approved another CAT scan for his mother, Donna, who is being treated for small cell carcinoma.

Then, he went out and tied his career low with a 63 – and lost ground to leader Steve Stricker.

With Stricker already qualified for the British Open, the next best finisher in the top 5 will get the final spot. Is Micheel thinking about a seat on the charter flight to Scotland?

“I am now,” he said, with a smile. “I’m packed. I brought sweaters. I haven’t been home since Pebble Beach.”

After playing 5 events in a row, Micheel withdrew today from next week’s Reno-Tahoe Open. He wants to take Donna to her medical appointments. But if he gets into the British Open, the decision whether to go or not rests with his mom.

Donna celebrated her 64th birthday on July 2. He ordered a special case for his double eagle ball, which he made on the sixth hole in the final round of the U.S. Open.

“Even though I made it on Father’s Day, I’m giving it to her,” he said. “Every day with her on this earth is a blessing.”

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