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Phil Mickelson could miss PGA Championship; be back for The Barclays

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The PGA Tour really hasn’t been the same since Phil Mickelson left to tend to his mother and wife, both of whom are fighting breast cancer at the moment. We all know Phil has his obligations in order, but there seemed like something was missing at the British Open without him.

True, he’s never been one to contend on a consistent basis at the event, but with Tiger missing the cut and a top-ranked play not in contention on Sunday at Turnberry, you could really see why the Tour needs Woods AND Mickelson in their highest profile tournaments.

The PGA Championship would be Mickelson’s final chance to win a major this year after he barely missed out on winning the U.S. Open and skipped the British Open. But while we’d all love to see Tiger and Phil there on Sunday in Minnesota at the PGA Championship, it looks like Mickelson will be skipping the event to be with his wife.

An article in today’s Star-Leger, Jenny Vrentas claimed Mickelson would most likely be back for the Barclays — but that he’d be skipping the PGA Championship this year.

Both Mickelson’s wife and mother were diagnosed with breast cancer this year, undergoing surgery within the past month, and Mickelson hasn’t played on the PGA Tour since his runner-up finish at the U.S. Open in June. He didn’t target a return date but said his family is doing well and he might be able to be back in Jersey City at the end of August for The Barclays at Liberty National Golf Club. (via the Star-Ledger)

While this is just a rumour based on one’s opinion, it would seem to make sense if Mickelson skipped the PGA to take care of things before returning to the tour. It hasn’t been very long since he took his leave of absence, so you’ve got think he’ll take a couple more weeks to spend time with his family and polish the game before coming back at Liberty National.


Written by Jonathan Wall

07/24/2009 at 8:06 pm

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