Phil Mickelson Armed With Pink Golf Spikes: Battles US Open and Wife’s Cancer

June 18, 2009

(ChattahBox)—Phil Mickelson is armed and ready for one of the biggest battles of his professional life and personal life, complete with pink golf spikes and a pink ribbon sewn on his golf cap, as he prepares for this weekend’s U.S. Open Golf Championship at Bethpage Black.

Mickelson, 39-years-old, approaching the twilight of his career, will be battling more than his long time nemesis on the golf course, Tiger Woods, as he struggles with his emotions as well, worrying about his wife Amy who was just diagnosed with breast cancer.

Mickelson learned in May that his beloved wife Amy and mother of his three children has breast cancer and after his play at the U.S. Open this weekend, whatever the outcome, he and his family have months of hard times ahead, as his wife prepares to start her grueling cancer treatments, beginning with breast surgery in two weeks.

Mickelson, the perennial second place finisher for most of his career, has never won the U.S. Open and he would love to end the weekend with a victory to add to his other three Majors. But, he will have a lot on his mind and he is known as a player who wears his heart on his sleeve, in contrast to the steely concentration of Tiger Woods, especially when the game is on the line.

Woods has 15 major wins to Mickelson’s three.

Mickelson says he is putting everything he has into this weekend’s tournament, because he doesn’t know when his wife’s condition would allow him to return to play. He will play alone this weekend, without his wife and children in the gallery to cheer him on. His wife will be providing support from their home in San Diego, watching the tournament unfold on TV with the rest of the world.

Tiger Woods is the defending U.S. Champion and is playing well after undergoing knee surgery last season. Woods is ranked number one and Mickelson holds the number two placement in the world rankings.

The two men will be paired during the tournament in what should be one of the most exciting professional golf competitions in recent memory; the number one player in the world dueling with the number two player in the world.

Nevertheless, many watching the events unfold this weekend will be routing for Mickelson to overcome his emotions and take home a silver trophy for his wife Amy.

Whatever the outcome, this year’s U.S. Open should not be missed, regardless of whether you are a golf fan. The game of golf can be truly exciting to watch, seriously.

Play begins today, which is covered by ESPN, with the final round on Sunday on NBC, starting at 1:30 PM. The full TV schedule for all rounds can be found here.

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