Mickelson to skip World Golf Championship


SAN DIEGO (AP)—Phil Mickelson is skipping the Match Play Championship nextmonth in Arizona while he takes his kids on a vacation that was postponedbecause of his wife’s cancer treatment.

Depending on the return of Tiger Woods , it could be the first time the64-man field at the Match Play Championship is missing its two biggest starswhen played in the United States.

The Match Play Championship is Feb. 17-21 outside Tucson, Ariz.

Mickelson said his wife, Amy, is responding well to breast cancer treatmentand the longterm prognosis is good. He says medical procedures got in the way ofprevious vacations, and their three children are on spring break the week ofMatch Play.

Mickelson, the No. 2 player in the world, said other parts of his earlyschedule also might be affected.