Mickelson, Daly make emotional PGA returns
Phil Mickelson choked back the tears Wednesday as he spoke about
returning to the PGA Tour three weeks after his wife Amy was diagnosed
with breast cancer.
"I've never felt this emotional, where if I'm driving alone or what
have you I will just start crying," Mickelson said. "It's kind of a
"I'm looking forward to having a four- or five-hour mental break to
focus on something else." Mickelson, a three-time major champion, walked
away indefinitely from the PGA Tour when learning of his wife's
condition, but will play this week and in next week's US Open before
taking another leave of absence to be with his wife.
Also coming back at this week's St. Jude Classic is fellow US star
John Daly, back after a suspension. He played in Europe, Asia and
Australia and dropped weight to make a comeback after a career dogged by
"You think you're going to be out here for life. I took that for
granted. I didn't take all the golf tournaments as serious as I should
have," Daly said. "But the good news is I can still salvage a great
career." Mickelson practiced Tuesday at Bethpage Black, where the US
Open tees off next week. The left-hander who turns 39 next week was
runner-up to Tiger Woods at the 2002 US Open staged at Bethpage and the
clear favorite of spectators.
"I'm not playing just to play," Mickelson said. "Bethpage is a golf
course that suits my game. I love that course. Obviously, I'm playing
because I believe I can win. That's the goal." Mickelson said the cancer
was discovered early so his wife will not need immediate surgery but
might have an operation the first week in July, after which he might
have a better handle on where or when he might play again.
"I don't know when I will be able to play again," Mickelson said. "I
don't think it's going to be for a while but I don't know what we're
"We're scared. I think a lot of it is the unknown." At least a year
of treatments are likely for Amy, who will join Phil on a tropical
holiday after the US Open.
"Throughout this year, we'll have a lot of treatments. We will try to
do normal things, like playing golf tournaments." Mickelson does not
expect his wife to attend the US Open.
MEMPHIS, Tennessee, Thursday, AFP