Phil Mickelson set to return at WGC-Bridgestone Invitational
Well it looks like Phil Mickelson won’t be missing the PGA Championship after all. Word just came out within the last hour that the world’s second-ranked golfer will make his return to the PGA Tour at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in Akron, Ohio.
Here’s the report via Bob Harig of ESPN.com:
Phil Mickelson will return to the PGA Tour next week at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational after taking time off to be with his family while his wife, Amy, and mother, Mary, battle breast cancer.
The PGA Tour announced Mickelson’s commitment to the tournament, played at Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio.
Mickelson, 39, who has won twice this year, including the WGC-CA Championship at Doral, has not played since a runner-up finish at the U.S. Open at Bethpage Black last month.
You don’t need a rocket scientist to tell you how good this news really is for the game of golf. Sure, Tiger Woods is the draw at any golf tournament. But if there’s one player besides Tiger who brings out the masses, it would be Mickelson. While I wouldn’t expect fireworks and a Sunday showdown with Mr. Woods, his return next week means he’ll have one event under his belt when he tees it up at the PGA Championship the following week.
It’ll be good to see Phil back in the field in a big event. More importantly, his return would mean his mother and wife are both responding well to their breast cancer treatment. And you can’t put a price on that bit of good news.