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Golf: Mickelson’s mother has breast cancer

Associated Press
SAN DIEGO ó Six weeks after Phil Mickelson announced his wife had breast cancer, his mother was diagnosed with the disease and is scheduled to have surgery later this week.
The San Diego Union-Tribune reported that Mary Mickelson discovered she had breast cancer last week. She is to have surgery Friday at the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, the same hospital where Mickelson’s wife, Amy, had surgery last Wednesday.
Mickelson’s sister, Tina, told the newspaper she wanted to make her mother’s condition known so she could receive support and prayers that meant so much to Amy Mickelson.
Notah Begay III Foundation
VERONA, N.Y. ó Notah Begay III was nearly at a loss for words.
“I am humbled,” Begay said Monday in announcing that Tiger Woods, his former roommate at Stanford, would play in a skins game in August to benefit Native American children. “You come up with certain ideas and sometimes they come true. Part of what I learned at Stanford is that you try and create win-win situations, and this is a win-win for everybody.”
Woods will be competing against Begay, Mike Weir and Camilo Villegas.
BRITISH OPEN
BETHESDA, Md. ó Kenny Perry has decided to play in the British Open next week after meeting with doctors for his mother, who is dying of blood cancer.
LPGA
ORLANDO, Fla. ó A meeting last week of more than a dozen players has resulted in a letter sent to the LPGA Tour’s board urging that commissioner Carolyn Bivens resign, according to a published report.
Golfweek Magazine reported Monday that key players stated in the letter the LPGA Tour’s woes cannot be blamed on a poor economy. They said the tour should find a new leader to rebuild relationships with longtime sponsors.
The magazine cited a player who had received a copy of the letter. Among those at the meeting last week were Lorena Ochoa, Paula Creamer, Cristie Kerr, Morgan Pressel and Natalie Gulbis. Golfweek said players in favor of Bivens’ resignation attached their names, although it didn’t say how many signed it.

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