Phil Mickelson’s wife is former NBA cheerleader who beat breast cancer

Golf star Phil Mickelson is in line to win his first major in eight years at the PGA Championship on Sunday.

The 50-year-old leads the way going into the final round at the Ocean Course in South Carolina.

And Mickelson is sure to have his wife of almost 25 years Amy close by as he makes his way around the 18 holes.

Mickelson met Amy in 1992 with both attending Arizona State University with Phil a senior and his future wife a junior.

Amy McBride, as she was then, was also a cheerleader on the Phoenix Suns NBA cheerleading squad.

Though she didn't quite think Mickelson was a golf star, saying: “When he told me he was a pro golfer, I thought he worked in the shop at a golf course.”

The couple married in November 1996 and have three children together with the first, Amanda, born a day after Phil came second at the 1999 US Open.

Sophia was born in 2001 with the pair welcoming their first son Evan in 2003, though the birth did not go smoothly.

Amy ruptured an artery and Evan was not breathing for a while, but both pulled through.

Amy was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009 with Phil taking a break from golf to support his wife.

After an 11-month battle, Amy was given the all clear with Phil celebrating by winning the 2010 Masters.

“I want to recognise my family,” Mickelson said after that win at Augusta.

“My wife has been through a lot this year, and it means so much to us to share some joy together.

"She’s an incredible wife and an incredible mother, and she has been an inspiration for me this past year in seeing what she went through.

"I’m so happy that she and our three kids are here. It was such an emotional week, and I’m having a hard time putting it into words.

Don't miss a thing with our football updates!

Want to be on the ball with all of the latest football news?

Well then sign up for the brilliant Daily Star football email newsletter!

From the latest transfer news to the agenda-setting stories, get it all in your email inbox – don't miss a thing.

How do you sign up?

It only takes a matter of seconds.

Simply type your email address into the box at the top of this article and hit 'subscribe'.

And that's it, job done. You'll receive an email with all of the top news stories every single morning.

You can find out more information on our email newsletter on this link here.

“It’s been tough. It’s been tough. As I’ve said, we are fortunate long term, but the meds that she has been taking have made it very difficult, and she didn’t feel well.

"She doesn’t have energy, and she’s just not up for a lot of what this tournament can provide.

"To walk off the green and have her here to share this moment and share the joy of winning on 18 and to share this with my kids is something we’ll look back on the rest of our lives.

  • Tiger Woods still doesn't have normal blood circulation following horror car crash

"This means so much to us, the jubilation. It’s very emotional. I don’t usually shed tears over wins.”

Amy is now heavily involved in fund-raising efforts for breast cancer research – and of course cheering on her husband on the course.

READ MORE: Atletico Madrid hero Luis Suarez breaks down in tears after Barcelona redemption

READ MORE: West Ham chief Karren Brady sends brutal message to Tottenham over Harry Kane saga

Source: Read Full Article