10 Jul 2009

Mickelson's mother diagnosed with breast cancer

9:25 am on 10 July 2009

Six weeks after world golf number two Phil Mickelson announced his wife had breast cancer, his mother's been diagnosed with the disease and is to have surgery later this week.

The San Diego Union-Tribune is reporting Mary Mickelson discovered she had breast cancer last week and will have surgery at the MD Anderson Cancer Center, the same hospital where Mickelson's wife, Amy, had surgery last week.

Mickelson hasn't spoken publicly since the US Open, where he was a runner-up for a record fifth time.

Mickelson said at the U.S. Open it was "highly unlikely" he'd play the British Open next week, and taht his schedule the for the rest of the year depended on his wife's battle with cancer.