Published: Sun, June 04, 2017
Sport | By Fredrick Flores

Phil Mickelson to skip US Open

Phil Mickelson to skip US Open

Six times runner-up Phil Mickelson will miss this year's US Open to attend his daughter Amanda's graduation ceremony.

Mickelson has not officially withdrawn yet but it would take an unforeseen change of scheduling to get him to change his mind. He said Amanda would have supported his decision had he chosen to play the U.S. Open.

"So my daughter is graduating and she's the school president, she'll be giving the commencement speech for the school, and I'm gonna be there", Mickelson told reporters following Saturday's round.

"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.

"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.

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Phil Mickelson's quest to complete a career grand slam seems certain to have to wait another year after his decision to skip the U.S. Open in two weeks' time.

"You never know. Maybe something freaky will happen ... something happens with the commencement time-wise". Mickelson, who had done his course preparation at Merion in advance that year, was in California for the graduation on Wednesday, flew overnight and arrived in Philadelphia about 4 a.m. for his Thursday morning tee time, and almost won the U.S. Open.

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.

"Unfortunately it comes on the Thursday of the Open, around 10 in the morning pacific time and there's no way I can make it no matter what the tee time is".

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