June 26 2010
On one hand, Shaun Micheel feels guilty. On the other, he knows he’s playing for more than himself.
Despite the difficult reality of his mother suffering from an advanced form of cancer, Micheel, who’s only status on the PGA TOUR is as a past champion, continues to play well. In April, Micheel finished fifth at the Shell Houston Open. Two weeks ago, he had his best ever finish at the St. Jude Classic presented by Smith & Nephew with a tie for fourth. Saturday, he shot his second straight 65 to get into a tie for 12th (at the moment).
“To have somebody else to play for, it’s had a calming effect,” said Micheel, whose mother Donna, 63, will receive what will be her final chemotherapy treatment on Tuesday. “Plus my mom is very encouraging for me to play while I’m playing well.”
Micheel certainly did that Saturday, making five birdies and no bogeys after taking just 23 putts.Still, Micheel finds himself torn between wanting to spend time with his mother and trying to secure his TOUR card.
“It’s difficult because my mind wanders and I’m a pretty emotional person,” Micheel said. “It helps me to discuss it, it’s very theraputic. I feel great people ask and are concerned. It makes me feel really appreciated.” -- Brian Wacker