When I first heard this I was sure it had to be a really bad joke - unfortunately, it comes from a serious source and seems to be true: As reported by the online edition of the
San Diego Union Tribune, Phil Mickelson’s mother Mary has recently been diagnosed with breast cancer.
The sad news comes only two months after Mickelson’s wife Amy had to accept the same diagnosis and a wave of support and empathy rolled far beyond the golf community all over the world. According to the newspaper, Mary Mickelson’s diagnosis was made public by Phil’s sister Tina who wants her mother to receive prayers and support, just like Amy did.
Mary Mickelson is scheduled to undergo surgery Friday at the same hospital in Houston where Amy Mickelson was operated one week ago. Whil Phil had already decided to not play in the Scottish Open this week, the news about his mother’s disease will certainly rule him out of next week’s British Open at Turnberry as well.
Please use the comment function to send your wishes to Amy, Mary and all the rest of the Mickelson family during these incredibly hard times.