Mickelson to miss US Open for daughter's graduation

Mickelson to miss US Open for daughter's graduation

Mickelson to miss US Open for daughter's graduation

In a statement, the USGA said: "Phil called to say because of the timing of his daughter's high school graduation, he would likely not be able to play in the US Open at Erin Hills".

Phil Mickelson hits from the first fairway during the third round of the Memorial golf tournament, Saturday, June 3, 2017, in Dublin, Ohio.

Mickelson has not officially withdrawn, but it seems only a first-round weather washout could allow him to participate.

He said Amanda is the school president and the valedictorian.

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Mickelson tells The New York Times that being at the ceremony for Amanda is something he will cherish forever.

"I wanted to make sure they had enough notice to accommodate it, " said Mickelson, who said he called United States Golf Association executive director Mike Davis to inform him.

The US Open is the last major title that Mickelson needs to win in order to be the sixth man to win a career Grand Slam.

"You never know. Maybe something freaky will happen ... something happens with the commencement time-wise".

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Amanda is Mickelson and his wife Amy's oldest child and turns 18 this month. The first round is June 15th, the same day as Amanda Mickelson's graduation from Pacific Ridge School in Carlsbad, California. "It wasn't really something that we discussed, because it really wasn't much of a decision".

"And I always think about that at the U.S. Open, I think about Payne Stewart (who died later that year in a plane crash) and I can't believe how quickly time has gone by".

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.

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