LUSS, Scotland - Phil Mickelson will skip the British Open so he can be with his wife as she starts her recovery from breast cancer, ending the longest active streak of majors played at 61.
Mickelson said last month at the U.S. Open, where he was runner-up for a record fifth time, it was "highly unlikely" he would play at Turnberry next week.
His wife, Amy, had surgery July 1 for breast cancer and they are still waiting to decide the best treatment. While his wife was ready to have surgery, Mickelson learned his mother also had been diagnosed with breast cancer.
"As a professional golfer, competing in major championships and winning them is my main objective," Mickelson said on his Web site. "But I've always said family is my No. 1 priority. For that reason, I won't be playing the British Open at Turnberry next week."