But then in rapid fire order John Daly revealed that his PGA Tour-mandated, six-month suspension would end next week in Memphis and reports surfaced on Monday that Phil Mickelson – whose wife, Amy, was recently diagnosed with breast cancer – would play the event as a tune-up for the U.S. Open.
“It’s certainly been a rollercoaster ride,” said Kevin Krisle, executive director of the event which will likely lose embattled title sponsor Stanford Financial. “But we never doubted the 2009 tournament.”
Krisle said there has been a boost in ticket sales the last few days as well as a 10 percent bump in media requests.
Not bad for a tournament that some considered on life support not that long ago.