AUGUSTA, Ga. — Phil Mickelson soaked up a scene he knows all too well as he climbed the steep hill toward the 18th green at Augusta National to claim another green jacket.
Only when he rapped in one last birdie for a 3-stroke victory did this Masters get even better.
Standing behind the green — as always — was his wife, Amy, with her long blonde hair and easy smile, their three children at her side.
She had not been on a golf course since being diagnosed with breast cancer 11 months ago, and had stayed in bed most of the week.
“I wasn’t sure if she was going to be there,” Mickelson said.
A week of roars gave way to tears as they hugged for the longest time. Mickelson finally had to let go, and with a single tear trickling down his cheek, headed for the scoring hut to sign his card for a 5-under 67, the official stamp on a most compelling Masters.
“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,” said Mickelson, who tightly grasped his wife’s hand until he headed off for an interview.
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