Mickelson to miss US Open for daughter's graduation

Mickelson to miss US Open for daughter's graduation

Phil has a perfectly acceptable reason, telling Crouse he wants to attend his daughter's high school graduation, which overlaps with the Thursday first round at Erin Hills.

Mickelson has not officially withdrawn yet but it would take an unforeseen change of scheduling to get him to change his mind. Mickelson said that he had wrestled with the latest conflict for months and that Amanda had assured him that she would not mind if he were absent.

"As I look back on life, this is a moment I'll always cherish and be glad I was present", Mickelson told the New York Times.

"(Or) if there was even a two-or-three hour (weather delay at the golf) I could very possibly make it".

A US Open victory would make Mickelson only the sixth golfer to win all four majors, joining Gene Sarazen, Ben Hogan, Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods. Instead he will watch daughter Amanda graduate and give the commencement address at Pacific Ridge School in Carlsbad on June 15.

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Phil Mickelson has signalled his intention to miss the US Open to attend his daughter's graduation.

"I didn't want Mike Davis and the USGA to be caught off guard when they made their pairings for television on Wednesday, and I want the alternate to know that he most likely will be in and to prepare properly", Mickelson added.

Amanda was born a day after the US Open at Pinehurst in 1999, when Mickelson finished second to Payne Stewart.

He turns 47 this month and believes he'll have more chances. "It wasn't really something that we discussed, because it really wasn't much of a decision".

Though, Mickelson's decision to skip the U.S. Open should be applauded.

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