THERE was no doubt who England’s David Horsey thought of first after taking a share of the lead in the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth.
As Phil Mickelson began indefinite leave from golf because of his wife Amy’s breast cancer, Horsey spoke of his mother’s battle with the disease following a five-under-par 67 in the first round.
“She’s at home watching on TV and hopefully it has kept her going,” said the 24-year-old Cheshire golfer, who jointly heads the European Tour’s flagship event with compatriot Anthony Wall and Spaniard Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano.
“She never really talks about it that way but hopefully I’ve helped.
“She was diagnosed at the end of last year and has just had her last chemotherapy.
“She’s got three weeks of radiotherapy coming up and hopefully that will be it but she won’t get the all-clear obviously until three or four years down the line.
“It’s been tough. It’s always at the back of my mind.”
Horsey was the first of the 150-strong field to tee off.