It was announced this afternoon that Phil Mickelson will play in next week’s WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. Lefty hasn’t competed since placing T2 at the US Open in June (and breaking the record for most runner-up finishes with 5).
He has understandably taken a six-week hiatus while his wife, Amy, and his mother, Mary, are being treated for breast cancer. Mary was diagnosed with the illness less than two months after Amy was. Yeah, tough times.
On the upside, Phil recently wrote on his website:
Amy is doing very well. The best news so far is that the cancer has not spread to the lymph nodes, which improves our chances of beating this in the short and long term. We’re awaiting one test result that will influence Amy’s treatment plan.
He also said they’re optimistic about his mother’s recovery.
Now the million dollar question is if he’ll compete in the PGA Championship the following week. I’m going to go with affirmative; that is, barring any bad news related to his family. It’s safe to assume Bridgestone is his prep for the PGA like St. Jude’s was for the US Open.
Fans have been overwhelmingly supportive (i.e., the Pink Out at Colonial). No doubt the crowds will come out cheering loudly for Phil — like they did at the US Open — next week.
Our best continues to go out to the Mickelsons.
[Update: On Wed, July 29, Mickelson confirmed he’s playing in the PGA Champ.]