This was the 15th time Phil Mickelson has played in the Presidents Cup or the Ryder Cup, and the first time he came alone. His wife, Amy, is recovering from breast cancer and stayed home in San Diego.
Or so he thought.
Mickelson had no idea that when he returned to his hotel room Saturday night, his wife was hiding in the bathroom.
“It was an incredible surprise,” Mickelson said. “I didn't think she was coming up, and she actually hid in the bathroom when I walked in the room. I didn't know she was there, and she scared me pretty good. It was an awesome surprise, though.”
It was a treat for the rest of the team, too.
They had worn pink ribbons in their hat during the week to commemorate breast cancer awareness. Players and wives alike were surprised to find Mickelson and his wife at the team dinner Saturday night.
“It was pretty neat,” Mickelson said. "It was pretty emotional. Just everyone seeing each other was pretty cool.”
Amy Mickelson, who faces more tests over the next few weeks in Houston, did not make it out to Harding Park. Mickelson said she can only leave the room for a few hours at a time because of her medicine that takes energy out of her.
“Couple good hours each day,” he said.
His wife stayed behind in the hotel during the Sunday singles, when her husband won the final match on the course against Retief Goosen. She was waiting back in the team room for the celebration.
“She looked great,” U.S. captain Fred Couples said. “All the wives were excited.”