Mickelson returning next week

Phil Mickelson will return to the PGA Tour next week at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational after taking time off to be with his family while his wife, Amy, and mother, Mary, battle breast cancer.

The PGA Tour announced Mickelson's commitment to the tournament, played at Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio.

Mickelson, 39, who has won twice this year, including the WGC-CA Championship at Doral, has not played since a runner-up finish at the U.S. Open at Bethpage Black last month.

He said at the time he was unsure about his schedule as his wife was about to undergo cancer treatment. Mickelson subsequently missed the British Open, snapping a streak of 61 straight major championship appearances dating to 1994.

"I have had a great six weeks at home. Things are going very well and I am excited about the opportunity to start playing some tournaments again," Mickelson said on his Web site. "I'll play the Bridgestone Invitational, PGA Championship, and The Barclays for sure, and if things continue to go well I'll be able to play more.''

Mickelson first announced in May that Amy has breast cancer and immediately withdrew from two tournaments he was scheduled to play -- the Byron Nelson Championship and the Colonial. He then returned for two tournaments, the St. Jude Classic, where he tied for 59th, and the U.S. Open, where he tied for second.

Mickelson has played 12 events, with six top-10 finishes. He has earned more than $3.8 million and ranks sixth in the FedEx Cup standings.

Bob Harig covers golf for ESPN.com.