While many fans will spend the next few days at Torrey Pines watching their favorite golfers on the course, one special player not on the leader board hit the greens Wednesday and captured the attention of spectators.
Golf greats Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, John Daly and countless others are in town for the Farmers Insurance Open, but there's another star on the course capturing the hearts of fans.
Eight-year-old Kyle Lograsso has been golfing since he was 2. Kyle, who is left-handed, was paired with his favorite golfer, who also happens to be a lefty.
"I'd like to see you swing," Phil Mickelson said to Kyle as they prepared to hit the links.
The third-grader from Murietta feels a connection to Mickelson that goes beyond the game. Kyle survived cancer in both eyes and has spent most of his childhood in hospitals. Moments before meeting one of San Diego's favorite athletes, he told 10News how grateful he is for the honor.
"It means so much to me. I wish other kids could do this," said Kyle.
After the pair teed off, Kyle gave Mickelson a letter he wrote for the golfer's wife, who has been battling breast cancer.
"This is for Mrs. Mickelson," Kyle said to Mickelson.
Mickelson replied, "Oh, cool. Thank you very much. She'll love to get this. She's been doing very well
we've been very fortunate. I'll make sure she gets this tonight."
Mickelson did not answer questions about his wife Wednesday morning, as he was focused on spending time with Kyle.
Kyle organized his first golf tournament in the Pauma Valley last summer, and he raised $60,000 for cancer research.
Amy Mickelson was diagnosed with breast cancer nearly two years ago. Phil Mickelson said she is continuing to make progress and they are excited about 2011.
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