Phil Mickelson withdraws from US Open

Phil Mickelson
Mickelson to miss US Open for daughter's graduation
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04 June, 2017

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.

Phil Mickelson is putting family first as he opts to skip the only major he's never won for daughter's graduation.

Mickelson has not officially withdrawn, but it seems only a first-round weather washout could allow him to participate. Amanda, who will attend Brown University in the fall, is the class president and commencement speaker.

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".

"I could BS you and tell you I don't think about it", Mickelson said.

The U.S. Open is the only major Mickelson has not won. But that's the same day as Amanda Mickelson's graduation from Pacific Ridge School, and he doesn't see any way he'll make a tee time.

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Phil Mickelson will reportedly miss US Open to attend daughter's graduation

"There's no sense in withdrawing today but I want the alternate to know", Mickelson said, still holding out a glimmer of hope he will be able to play.

"Yeah, I go back and every year at the U.S. Open, I think back about that '99 Open, " Mickelson said.

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

His first close call in the event was at Pinehurst in 1999 when he was pipped to the title by the late Payne Stewart the day before his wife, Amy, gave birth to Amanda.

The 46-year-old is running out of chances to complete the career grand slam, making the decision more hard. You just need to be there.

"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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