Cancer in Family Unites Horsey and Mickelson; Briton Sets Pace at Wentworth but Then Speaks from the Heart about His Mum's Battle with Disease Which Has Struck World No2's Wife. by David Smith

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Cancer in Family Unites Horsey and Mickelson; Briton Sets Pace at Wentworth but Then Speaks from the Heart about His Mum's Battle with Disease Which Has Struck World No2's Wife. by David Smith


Byline: David Smith

RISING British star David Horsey today claimed an early share of the clubhouse lead in the BMW PGA Championship, and then revealed how he could empathise with American star Phil Mickelson, who has withdrawn from golf following confirmation that his wife, Amy, has breast cancer.

Horsey, 24 and a Walker Cup winner, wore a pink wrist band on behalf of breast cancer charities while carding a five-under-par opening round of 67 at Wentworth because his mother, Anne, is also fighting the disease.

"My mum was diagnosed last year," he said. "She had her first chemo treatment yesterday and I think she's got three weeks of radiotherapy coming up. Hopefully, she'll recover and be feeling well by the end of the year."

Amy Mickelson's treatment is expected to begin with major surgery, perhaps within the next two weeks.

Mickelson, 38, is a double US Masters champion and winner of the 2005 PGA Championship. He and Amy married in 1996 and have three children aged nine, seven, and six.

The situation casts doubt on the world No2's participation in next month's US Open at Bethpage in New York, where in 2002 the big left-hander finished second to Tiger Woods.

Woods said he and his wife Elin "are deeply saddened to hear the news about Amy. Our thoughts and prayers are with her, Phil, the children and the entire Mickelson family".

The spectre of breast cancer has special resonance in golf because Ryder Cup star Darren Clarke's wife, Heather, died of the disease just over two and a half years ago.

Horsey said: "It's been tough. My mum is always at the back of my mind but she has been very strong through it and that's helped me.

"My dad has obviously been there for her, and that's been a big help as well, to know she's got someone at home. …

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