2010 Masters: The Mickelsons Take The Spotlight Away From Woods
Whose Comeback Was It Really?
While Tiger Woods is going back home with a respectable fourth place finish at the Masters Tournament that wrapped up on Sunday, does he have anyone to share it with? Woods missed months of golfing action over the sex scandal that marred his reputation and ruined his marriage before making a much publicized comeback last week. But, while he is doing well again, do any of his loved ones really care anymore? Well, for now it seems Woods remains just that -- a lonely Tiger. In stark contrast, the tournament's winner Phil Mickelson is going back home reassured of the love of his wife, three children and mother.
Like Woods, Mickelson had to cancel his PGA appearances last year, but for a drastically different reason. Eleven months ago, his wife Amy Mickelson disclosed she was suffering from breast cancer. In the wake of the sad news, Phil Mickelson announced he would suspend his golfing career indefinitely to stay with his wife while she undergoes treatment.
The world's No.2 player was hit by yet another tragedy later in the year when his mother Mary Mickelson was diagnosed with the same form of cancer. With two most precious women in his life stricken by a serious illness, many suspected Mickelson might out of the game for a long while. But, with support from his family, it appears Phil Mickelson came back stronger, better, and earlier than was thought.
Falling into the embrace of his feeble wife after his victory on Sunday, Mickelson made a statement. And, for a moment is seems all the media attention shifted from the theme of undignified disgrace to a gut-wrenching story of dedication and perseverance.
"I wasn't sure if [Amy] was going to be there," said Mickelson. '"In the last year, we've been through a lot and it's been tough. And to be on the other end and feel this kind of jubilation is incredible ... It has made a big difference having my family here this week."
So as Tiger is heading home, he has stuff to think over and an amazing role model to look up to. And, he just might be thankful for that spotlight being somewhat off him.