If there was a first wife of the PGA Tour, it would have to be Phil Mickelson’s wife Amy Mickelson, right? I guess you could have made the case for Tiger and Elin but after the incident with the 9-iron I don’t think they qualify anymore. Call me crazy but Amy doesn’t strike me as the type who would hunt Phil down with a club(well at least not for the reasons Elin chased Tiger around).
With the Master’s approaching I’m always reminded (maybe because CBS plays the commercial during every timeout of the NCAA Tournament) of Phil sinking the putt on 18 and embracing Amy after winning his first green jacket. The romance started when Phil was a senior in college at Arizona State University. Amy, who then went by the name Amy McBride, was a cheerleader for the Phoenix Suns. Remember this because I’ll come back to this fact later.
Phil and Amy Mickelson married in 1996 and have three children, Amanda, Sophia, and Evan. When Evan was born both Amy and Evan had complications after birth. That is not the only brush with health issues the Mickelson family has had to deal with. In 2009 Amy was diagnosed with breast cancer and Phil took a leave from the tour to be with his family. Today Amy is still cancer free and active in many breast cancer charities along with Phil.
While Phil and Amy appear to be a modern version of the Cleaver family things haven’t always been perfect. The internet, where anyone can start a rumor, was flooded with baseless claims that Phil and Amy were huge swingers and Phil set Amy up with Michael Jordan. This is wrong on so many levels, starting with the fact that Phil and Amy don’t seem like the swinger type, but also there is no reasonable way Amy would sleep with Michael Jordan. Think about it, Amy, who was a cheerleader for the Phoenix Suns, is going to sleep with the man who took down her team in the NBA Finals? If you had said Detlef Schrempf maybe I would have entertained the thought but I’m calling b.s. on Jordan. Along with the wife swapping rumor there have also been completely fabricated and unfounded whispers about Phil having an illegitimate child with a woman in Ohio. The internet can be a fun place sometimes can’t it.