SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- One day after Phil Mickelson finished second in the U.S. Open, he got the prize he was after all along.
Amy Mickelson gave birth to a healthy daughter Monday at 9:11 p.m. EDT. Amanda Brynn weighed in at 7 pounds, 4 ounces and was 20 1/2 inches long. The mother and daughter were doing fine, according to Mickelson spokesman Mike Biggs.Mickelson, who already has won 13 times on the PGA Tour but has never won a major championship, wasn't even sure he was going to play in the U.S. Open until last Tuesday, when doctors estimated that his wife would carry their first child for at least another week.
Still, he carried a beeper in his bag and vowed he would leave the U.S. Open if his wife went into labor -- even in the final round or a playoff with a chance to win.
Mickelson was leading by one stroke with three holes to play Sunday at Pinehurst No. 2 until Payne Stewart rallied to win the U.S. Open by making a 15-foot par putt on the 72nd hole. Otherwise, he and Mickelson would have had an 18-hole playoff Monday.
Biggs said Mickelson's wife went into labor about 3 p.m. EDT -- or about the time Stewart and Mickelson would have been making the turn.