Phil Mickelson will miss US Open to see his daughter graduate

Amanda was born shortly after the 1999 U.S. Open at Pinehurst, where Mickelson finished runner-up to Payne Stewart.

Phil Mickelson has announced he will not compete in the US Open later this month as the tournament clashes with his daughter's high school graduation. The U.S. Open begins Thursday, June 15 at Erin Hills in Wisconsin.

Mickelson has not officially withdrawn, but it seems only a first-round weather washout could allow him to participate.

If he were to win the U.S. Open, he would become only the sixth and oldest golfer to complete the Grand Slam.

Now, he'll mostly likely be watching on television.

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"There is no sense in doing it (withdrawing formally) now". But it doesn't look good for me playing.

The New York Times broke news of Mickelson's withdrawal on Saturday, quoting the 46-year-old as saying: "As I look back on life, this is a moment I'll always cherish and be glad I was present". It would have to be something unforeseen.
"I wanted to make sure that they had enough notice to accommodate it".

Mickelson landed his first major at the 2004 Masters and collected two more Green Jackets in 2006 and 2010 in addition to winning the PGA Championship in 2005.

This was to be Mickelson's 27th U.S. Open tournament and he was feeling confident with the way his game was shaping up heading into it. You just need to be there.

Mickelson said Amanda will be attending Brown University ("She's a smart little s--", he said). Mickelson vowed that he would leave North Carolina no matter where he stood on the leaderboard if Amy alerted him through a beeper tucked in his caddie's pocket that she had gone into labour back in Arizona, where the couple was living at the time.

  • Lawrence Cooper