“Pink Out” for Amy Mickelson


Phil Mickelson plans to return to the PGA Tour for next week’s St. Jude Classic and compete in the US Open that follows. The US world No. 2 suspended his 2009 campaign indefinitely last month after his wife Amy was diagnosed with breast cancer.

Last week, Mickelson expressed optimism about his wife’s breast cancer, saying that doctors believed they had diagnosed the condition early. “We have a wonderful team of doctors helping us and it is believed that we caught this early,” he said on his official Web site. “We are anxiously waiting for a number of test results that will help guide us in the best possible direction,” he said.

On Saturday at Colonial, the PGA Tour Wives Association worked with the tour and title sponsor Crowne Plaza to promote “Pink Out,” in which players, wives, officials and fans were encouraged to wear pink in support of Amy Mickelson.

“We have been home watching the golf at Colonial surrounded by loved ones,” Amy wrote on Saturday on her husband’s Web site. “Every time we see a player, caddy, announcer or fan wearing pink, we are overwhelmed by the love and support we feel. … The 11 days since we received the diagnosis have been very difficult, but this incredible gesture helps us feel so much stronger,” she wrote.

“Amy is such a supportive and loving life partner,” Mickelson wrote. “She has always put me and our family first. Now it’s time for her and her health to come first as we face this challenge together.”

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