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Mickelson win just what PGA needed

April 14, 2010
The Daily Mining Gazette

With sordid talk of affairs, nightclub managers and cocktail waitresses dominating many of the Masters golf tournament headlines this past week, the Professional Golf Association got the feel-good story it's been needing for six months.

After sinking a final putt to win the Masters, Phil Mickelson searched the stands for his wife of 14 years, who has been struggling with treatment for breast cancer and barely was able to make the trip. In a scene that would bring the most hardened sports fan to tears, the two found each other and shared a 30-second embrace before Mickelson headed off to put on the green jacket for the third time.

In a world of athletes that adhere to Charles Barkley's "I'm not a role model" credo, it's nice to see an athlete that exemplifies integrity. He doesn't yell profanity after bad shots, appears to be unfazed by fame and seems to put his wife and mother - who are both battling breast cancer - ahead of any accolades he achieves on the course. He even had their doctor caddy for him recently at a tournament in Houston.

It seems that Mickelson is one of the few in sports that children can actually look up to. Let's just hope it stays that way.



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