To many, Amy Mickelson (nee McBride), is simply known as the wife of Phil, one of this generation’s best and most iconic golf players. But regarding the 43-year-old as only that would be a large mistake.
She’s a mother. She’s a cancer survivor. She’s a humanitarian. And she’s one of the most popular figures–whether it be a player or a significant other–on Tour. So, as Lefty aims for his sixth career major title at St. Andrews this week, let’s take a closer look at everything you need to know about the woman supporting him.
She & Phil Have Multiple Charities
They met in 1992. Amy, still at Arizona State, was a cheerleader for the Phoenix Suns, and Phil, who had just graduated from the same school, was beginning his career on Tour. Four years later, the couple married on Nov. 16, 1996.
In the 19 years since, they have constantly been recognized for their humanitarian work.
In 2004, they began the Phil and Amy Mickelson Foundation, which supports “a variety of youth and family initiatives.” Together, they also founded “Birdies for the Brave” to raise money in support of combat-wounded veterans.
She Was Diagnosed With Breast Cancer in 2009
The golf world was turned upside down in May of 2009, when it was announced that Amy had been diagnosed with breast cancer. Amy’s popularity throughout the Tour was made evident during that time, as she was met with unwavering support. Among the many tributes and shows of support, John Daly donned pink pants in honor of Amy, and the PGA Tour held a “pink out” the following week.
Fortunately, the cancer was detected early enough, and Amy was able to recover and make it to Augusta the following April for one of the most memorable moments in Masters history. After Phil, who had also learned his mother had breast cancer the following year, completed his victory with a 16-under performance, tears flowed as he embraced Amy behind the 18th green.
Amy, who has a clean bill of health, was also in attendance to watch Phil win the 2013 British Open.
She Is a Mother of 3
In 1999, Amy gave birth to the couple’s first child, Amanda, and it was anything but a simple ordeal. Amy’s contractions began on the same Sunday of the US Open, right around the time Phil was competing against the late Payne Stewart.
Stewart ultimately won, famously telling Mickelson, “you’re going to be a great father” immediately afterwards. Amy discussed the roller coaster of emotions:
It was very, very emotional watching it. Payne makes this big putt at the end and it was kind of surreal. It never occurred to me that Phil wasn’t going to win. So that was hard.
But as we all know, Payne was the epitome of class at that moment. He walked over and said all those beautiful things to Phil about being a father at the same moment he was winning a major championship. It was incredible.
Amanda was eventually born Monday night, giving Phil time to be there. In the next four years, the couple had two more children, Sophia and Evan. During the birth of the latter, Amy ruptured an artery in her uterus and Evan didn’t breathe for the first seven minutes, but both would be OK.