DUBLIN, Ohio (AP) – Phil Mickelson plans a brief return to the PGA Tour in time for the U.S. Open. The world’s No. 2 player suspended his schedule indefinitely upon announcing two weeks ago that his wife, Amy, has been diagnosed with breast cancer. Recent tests have given them hope the cancer has been caught early, with more tests over the next month. Mickelson intends to return next week at the St. Jude Championship in Memphis, Tennessee, then play the following week in the U.S. Open at Bethpage Black, according to a person informed of the plans. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because Mickelson had not announced his decision. “We heard there was a possibility he would play,” St. Jude Championship spokesman Phil Cannon. “That would be great.” Mickelson is a sentimental favorite at every U.S. Open, where at age 38 he already has tied the record for most runner-up finishes with four. He is especially popular in New York, and his presence at Bethpage Black figured to bring an emotional and raucous response.
Phil is back, back again. -TO