Mickelson to miss US Open for daughter's graduation

Lynette Rowe
June 4, 2017

Golfer Phil Mickelson has completed three legs of the career Grand Slam, but his quest to finish it off will have to wait another year.

Mickelson hasn't officially withdrawn from the U.S. Open, which starts June 15 at Erin Hills in Wisconsin. But his white whale is the U.S. Open.

And now she's graduating high school.

"As I look back on life, this is a moment I'll always cherish and be glad I was present", said Mickelson, who will turn 47 the day after the graduation.

DUBLIN, Ohio (AP) - Phil Mickelson says he will miss this month's U.S. Open to attend his oldest daughter's high school graduation.

With daughter Amanda giving the commencement speech at the graduation, Mickelson says it will be nearly impossible to travel from San Diego, California to the US Open venue Erin Hills in Wisconsin.

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He said Amanda is the school president and the valedictorian.

The U.S. Open is the only major championship Mickelson hasn't won.

Mickelson, whose birthday nearly always falls during U.S. Open week and turns 47 this June, has had family issues come up during the season's second major in the past. That was the first of his record six runner-up finishes at the U.S. Open.

He has up until the minutes before his tee time on Thursday, June 15 to confirm the decision with the United States Golf Association, organiser of the US Open. He also said last week he had no plans to go to Erin Hills, a course he had never seen, ahead of the U.S. Open to prepare.

"Back of your head, you're like, maybe something will change, maybe something will change, but nothing is really change, so here we are, " Mickelson said.

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