Pro Golfer Phil Mickelson Announces 'Birdies for the Brave' Program, Receives Spirit of the Warrior Award from Special Operations Warrior Foundation

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Pro golfer Phil Mickelson announced at the Western Open in Chicago, his "Birdies for the Brave" program to benefit two military charities: Special Operations Warrior Foundation and Homes for Troops.

Pro golfer Phil Mickelson received the 2006 Spirit of the Warrior Award from the Special Operations Warrior Foundation in Chicago at the Western Open on behalf of special operations soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines, and their families.

Mickelson announced earlier that day a new program -- Birdies for the Brave -- that provides fans a way to honor and assist our military men and women on a PGATOUR.com hosted site (http://www.birdiesforthebrave.com) The program will benefit two military charities: Special Operations Warrior Foundation and Homes for Troops.

Mickelson was the catalyst behind the creation of the program in 2004, which benefited the Special Operations Warrior Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides college educations to the surviving children of special operations personnel killed in combat or training.

For the first time, fans can join forces with Phil to make contributions of any amount. The program consists of fans pledging a monetary amount to PGA TOUR Charities, Inc. for each birdie made by Mickelson during an official PGA TOUR event. Fans will have the option of pledging their support on an annual basis or per tournament and can also find more information and links to the program on PGATOUR.com

“Phil’s continued support of the Warrior Foundation and contributions through the "Birdies for the Brave" program have been invaluable, making a significant difference in that which we cherish the most -- our children's future,” said John T. Carney, Jr., U.S. Air Force (Ret), SOWF President.

“Phil's thoughtfulness and generous support of our Special Operations Warriors and their families is truly appreciated.”

The Warrior Foundation currently has 655 children in its program, and some 100 students enrolled in colleges and universities across the country. For more information about the Special Operations Warrior Foundation, visit online at http://www.specialops.org

For more information about Birdies for the Brave, visit http://www.birdiesforthebrave.org.

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