Less than two weeks ago, a presser was released that Phil Mickelson’s wife, Amy, had been diagnosed with breast cancer. It was heartwrenching news not only for the Mickelson family, but for the golf and sports world alike.
At the time, the media questioned whether Phil would be back in time for the U.S. Open. at Bethpage Black. I found that pretty inconsiderate. No matter what, family and health come first- Those are the two things that really matter in life; anything else is insignificant. I don’t care what the conditions or stakes are. So, I was rather surprised when I read headlines like, “Phil Chooses Family” or “Phil Is A Family Man.” I mean, I’d hope that he’d be at his wife’s side considering she had just been diagnosed with a life-threatening disease.
Today, Phil announced that he will return to competition at the St. Jude Championship in Memphis next week in preparation for the U.S. Open the following week.
I guess that’s good news. It’s certainly sooner than I expected. So far, it sounds like Amy’s cancer was caught early enough to be treated. And I have to assume that if Phil is already returning to competition, then it must be the case (which, of course, is uplifting news as well).
With that said, did we really think that Phil would miss the U.S. Open? At Bethpage Black, no less? It is the same major championship held at the same venue where in 2002 Phil was runner-up to his “archnemesis,” the one and only Tiger Woods.
I’d say that Phil wants revenge a shot to take the title this time.