Let's hope this man is back soon. (Image: scubaeddie32/Flickr)

Sad week for Phil Mickelson and family.

On Wednesday, the family announced that Amy Mickelson, Phil’s wife, was diagnosed with breast cancer. She is expected to have major surgery within the next two weeks. Phil has taken an indefinite leave of absence from the Tour.

Cancer sucks, does it not? All this on the heels of Seve Ballesteros’ diagnosis last fall. And, on a personal note, my little cousin, Josiah Herring–who I wrote about last week–passed away on Wednesday morning. Please pray for the Herring family.

When I think about the Mickelson family, I recall the 1999 U.S. Open, Payne Stewart’s legendary win at Pinehurst. Amy was expecting the couple’s first child at any moment, and Phil was on the verge of winning his first major. But after Payne snagged the title, he hugged Phil and gave him a few encouraging words about fatherhood. Mickelson made it home in time for his first child’s birth.

At times like this, golf means very little. I wish the best for Amy Mickelson and family. The sooner Lefty is back on Tour, the better Amy’s recovery went. So let’s hope Phil is hitting his signature wicked recovery shots very soon.

Best to the Mickelsons.