Monday, June 15, 2009

Mickelson at home, coming late to Bethpage

The Lefty love-in at Bethpage will have to a wait a while.

Mickelson flew home to San Diego to be with his wife, Amy, after he finished the final round at the St. Jude Classic in Memphis on Sunday. He isn't scheduled to return to New York until sometime Tuesday, likely late.

He will meet with the media at 8 a.m. Wednesday in what has the potential to be an interesting and emotional interview session.

Mickelson did his serious prep work at Bethpage a week ago when he flew in on Monday and spent seven hours on the course. He hit three or four tee shots on every hole, played a similar number of approach shots and spent extra time chipping and putting around the greens.

It was at Bethpage in 2002 that Mickelson's popularity with the New York galleries nearly upstaged Tiger Woods' victory.

This year, with his wife fighting breast cancer, could be a Mickelson pep rally