Mickelson Hopeful Wife's Cancer Was Caught Early

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NEW YORK (AP) - Phil Mickelson had reason for optimism Thursday when he said doctors believe they discovered his wife's breast cancer early.

Amy Mickelson, who learned of the breast cancer last week, went
through extensive testing this week.

"We have a wonderful team of doctors helping us, and it is
believed that we caught this early," Mickelson said on his Web
site. "We are anxiously waiting for a number of test results that
will help guide us in the best possible direction."

Mickelson, the defending champion this week at Colonial, has
taken an indefinite leave from the PGA Tour as he learns the extent of his 37-year-old wife's health.

Support has poured in from everywhere, and the world's No. 2
golfer took notice.

John Daly wore pink pants in the final round of a European tour
event Sunday, while Rory Sabbatini wore a pink shirt to pay tribute to Amy Mickelson when he won the Byron Nelson Championship. Most other players wore a pink ribbon on their hats.

The PGA Tour Wives Association, with the tour and Crowne Plaza Invitational officials at Colonial, are asking players and their wives to wear pink clothing Saturday for a "Pink Out" designed to show support.

"It is hard to describe how much the outpouring of support has
meant to us," Mickelson wrote. "When we heard about the Tour
Wives, PGA Tour and the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial
organizing the 'Pink Out,' we both had tears rolling down our

"This is such an incredibly thoughtful gesture, not only for
Amy, but for the 200,000 women who are diagnosed with breast cancer each year."

Still to be determined is whether Mickelson will be able to play
in the U.S. Open in two weeks at Bethpage Black, where he was
runner-up in 2002 to Tiger Woods. He is prominently featured on one of the billboards leading to Bethpage State Park.

"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