When Phil Mickelson Repaid His Wife’s Cancer Doctor With a Terrific Gesture

Published 08/28/2022, 10:00 AM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NV – NOVEMBER 23: Phil Mickelson celebrates with his wife Amy after defeating Tiger Woods during The Match: Tiger vs Phil at Shadow Creek Golf Course on November 23, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images for The Match)

Phil Mickelson is one of the most controversial players of all time in the golf world. The golfer has been in the news for many reasons in the past few months. However, he has also seen some rather tough times in his career as well as his personal life. He received support from a lot of people in the golf community. But Lefty knows how to repay favors in style. It was when Mickelson made an amazing gesture toward a doctor who helped him get out of a rough patch.

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There was a time when Mickelson’s wife and mother were both struggling from breast cancer. Mickelson had to take a break from golf after he discovered that his family was struggling. However, he was a little relieved when radiation oncologist, Dr. Tom Buchholz from M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston entered the picture. The doctor treated both Mickelson’s family members after the diagnosis and worked hard towards making them better.

Golf – The inaugural LIV Golf Invitational – Centurion Club, Hemel Hempstead, St Albans, Britain – June 10, 2022 Team Hy Flyer’s Phil Mickelson of the U.S. reacts during the second round REUTERS/Paul Childs

Mickelson is widely known for his random acts of kindness. And one can only imagine what he would do when it was related to his family. For returning his favors, Mickelson left tournament passes for Buchholz, his family as well as the staff at the hospital. But that was not all. Mickelson even asked Buchholz to come and hold his bag at the 14th tee. Jim Bones was Lefty’s caddie at the time, who passed the bag to the doctor.

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In his interview after the round, Mickelson said“This man has helped us through some of the toughest times that we’ve gone through…He’s the best at what he does,”. But who knew that Buchholz also had some caddying experience from the past? The cancer specialist had caddied for Allen Miller in 1984 after his college. “I ended up making a birdie, and I kept making birdies. We went 3-for-3 together,” Mickelson said.

Tiger Woods comforted Mickelson during his rough patch

GULLANE, SCOTLAND – JULY 21: Phil Mickelson of the United States holds the Claret Jug wife Amy and children Evan, Amanda and Sophia after winning the 142nd Open Championship at Muirfield on July 21, 2013 in Gullane, Scotland. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

The doctor was not the only one who was there to support Mickelson during the time. Even Mickelson’s long-time rival, Tiger Woods, sent him supportive texts wishing Amy Mickelson a speedy recovery. He wrote that he wished that the doctors soon find a cure for her. However, Lefty joked about Woods’ game in response to the text and said he hoped they found a cure for Woods’ swing too!

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Joydeep Singh

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Joydeep Singh is a Golf writer at EssentiallySports. Having completed his Bachelor's degree in Business Management, he possesses a writing experience of more than four years now. Having picked up on following golf for quite some time now, his favorite is the legendary Tiger Woods, whose games he just does not miss.

Edited By: Manaal Siddiqui

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