Your Feel Good Pre-Masters Story

phil mickelsonWith the attention of most golf fans wrapped around the Tiger Woods story for the past couple of weeks, as he is set to make his return to golf at the Augusta National golf course for this weekend’s Masters Tournament, there is one feel good story that may have unfortunately gone unnoticed.  Although a few days late, it is only right that we bring it to you.  After all, golf (and sports in general) is about more than just sext messages, alleged mistresses, and threesomes.

So for the first time in quite a while, we bring you a golf story that does not involve Tiger.  Instead, it is another one of golf’s greats, Phil Mickelson.  Phil unfortunately has been struggling with his own family problems over the past year.  With both his mother and wife battling breast cancer, he has taken some time off from the tour recently, but was out on the course last weekend for the Houston Open.

In attendance was Dr. Tom Buchholz (the radiation oncologist at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston), his family, and other staff members at the hospital who had been treating Phil’s wife and mother, Amy and Mary.  When Mickelson found himself out of contention on Sunday, he asked Buchholz to step in for his caddy, Jim MacKay, on the 14th tee.  You would think that would put Phil at a disadvantage, but that wasn’t quite the case.  Instead, Phil strung together three consecutive birdies with Buchholz carrying his bags.

“Three great reads, three great clubs,” Mickelson said. “It was only supposed to go one hole. I ended up making birdie, and I kept making birdies. We went 3-for-3 together.” []

When it was all said and done, Mickelson would accumulate six consecutive birdies, tied for the longest streak on tour this year.  So will he turn to Buchholz for this weekend’s Masters?  Don’t count on it, however, even though he will not be there on the course carrying Phil’s bags, you can bet Buchholz and the rest of the staff at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center will surely be present in Mickelson’s heart.

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