After shelling 76, 77 on Friday and Saturday, Phil Mickelson rebounded on Sunday. Mickelson has three birdies from side to side 13 holes and is at present 1-under on the day. Mickelson double-bogeyed No. 12 on Friday and Saturday, but came away with a birdie on the par-3 on Sunday…. We also expect to see the ever cheerful Amy Mickelson who’s his wife, in the crowd.
Amy Mickelson is amongst the most noticeable wives on the PGA Tour, a former Phoenix Suns cheerleader who frequently walks during the rounds and mingles with no trouble with the gallery. She was waiting with their three children by the 18th green at Augusta National in 2004 when Mickelson won his first major, and at Winged Foot in 2006 at the U.S. Open, his most crushing loss in a major.
One of the pics in the clubhouse at the Byron Nelson Championship is Mickelson walking with Amy when they were engaged in 1996 and Mickelson won the tournament.
Someone describes her:
Every time I’ve been around her, she’s always had a smile on her face. She’s always upbeat. She’s a neat girl. Hopefully, it’s early and hopefully, they take care of it. I just sent Phil a text back. I didn’t call him or anything. He’ll call me if he needs anything.
Mickelson met his wife in 1992 when he was a senior at Arizona State, a year after he won his first PGA Tour event as an amateur.
Amy knew nothing about golf at the time….
The Mickelson family story has had its hard times too, they have suffered from health issues. Once, the couple’s daughter, Sophia, fainted and suffered a small seizure while at school when her daddy Phil Mickelson was playing in the Humana Challenge in La Quinta. When this happened, Amy declared:
“It’s been a rough week,” “But you get through it. She’s been a trouper. She’s held up pretty well.”
Sophia returned to school quickly and Amy emphasized that their middle child was doing fine. Amy didn’t let this incident change her plans; the kids would attend the tournament.
I don’t want this to get out of hand. She’s doing OK. I’m confident in the doctor who I met yesterday who specializes in her situation. We’re figuring it out. For me, the knowledge is a good thing. I don’t like limbo.
When Phil is working, he had to focus on hitting shots. That kind of the way I’ve looked at our last few years. I’ve seen it as a positive (distraction) for him. But does he worry? Yes.
Amy is a breast cancer survivor; she was diagnosed in May 2009. With the announcement that Amy Mickelson is fighting breast cancer, all of a sudden prevailing at next month’s U.S. Open has taken a back seat to other matters. She recalls:
I grew up in a tennis family, and when he told me he was a pro golfer, I thought he worked in the shop at a golf course.
The first time she accompanied him to a golf tournament, the Bob Hope Classic, she figured they would walk hand-in-hand down the fairway and was angry at him for not spending enough time with her. But once she learned the difference between birdies and bogeys, she has been at his side during the highs and lows.
They were married in 1996 and have three children: Amanda, 9, Sophia, 7, and Evan, 6. Their first child was born the day after the 1999 U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2, where Mickelson carried a pager and promised to leave if his wife went into labor.
Contractions began on Sunday, but she decided not to tell Mickelson as he tried to win his first major. He lost by one stroke when Payne Stewart holed a 15-foot par putt on the final hole, and Mickelson arrived home in time for the birth.
You can check the FB account created when she got sick and all the support she received from people.