Mickelson Set to Return at Firestone


Jul 29, 2009

Mickelson Set to Return at Firestone After a trying month and a half away from the game, Phil Mickelson is ready to make his return to golf.

Since finishing second in the U.S. Open at Bethpage Black, Mickelson has supported his wife and mother during their surgeries and treatments for breast cancer. Now, Mickelson is gearing up for the Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club on Aug. 6, The Associated Press reports.

"I have had a great six weeks at home," Mickelson wrote on his Web site. "Things are going very well and I am excited about the opportunity to start playing some tournaments again. I’ll play the Bridgestone Invitational, PGA Championship, and The Barclays for sure, and if things continue to go well I’ll be able to play more."

Mickelson wrote on July 16 that his wife, Amy, was doing well and that he was optimistic for the outlook on his mother.

The event at Firestone will be Mickelson's first since mid-June and just his 13th event of the year. He missed the British Open earlier in July, snapping the longest-active streak of 61 straight majors played. Mickelson had played in every major since the 1994 U.S. Open.

"We continue to be overwhelmed with the support of our extended group of friends and family as well," Mickelson wrote. "The prayers, notes, articles, e-mails, texts, and packages get us through every day. We feel the support all around us. Our gratitude is hard to put into words."

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