Former Sandy resident, golf superstar fight cancer

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SALT LAKE CITY -- World superstar golfer Phil Mickelson and his wife Amy, from Sandy and a graduate of Hillcrest High School, are both in the fight of their lives with a disease that's affected and devastated so many of us.

A little more than a month ago they discovered Amy had breast cancer. Mickelson immediately left the PGA Tour to help her deal with treatments and prepare for major surgery.

The outpouring of love, support and prayers from fans and his colleagues on the PGA tour has been amazing. Everybody's been wearing the pink clothing at tournaments while Lefty's been with Amy.

Wednesday as he prepared for Thursday's first round of the St. Jude Classic in Memphis, his first tour event since they found out, Phil addressed how devastating it's been and hopeful he's now become.

He said, "I mean, we're scared, yeah. I've never felt this emotional you know. I've never been this emotional, where if I'm driving around I'll just start crying. It's just kind of a weird thing, but I'm looking forward to having a four- or five-hour (1st round of tournament golf Thursday) mental break, where I can force myself to focus on something else, and I'm looking forward to that."

Next week's U.S. Open and Father's Day Sunday final round should be another emotional day for Mickelsons and Amy's family, the McBrides. Lefty came in second to Tiger Woods when they last played the U.S. Open at Bethpage back in 2002, and Mickelson says he loves the course. He says it suits his game and has always enjoyed a great relationship with N.Y. fans.


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