Published: Sun, June 04, 2017
Sports | By Phillip Butler

Mickelson to skip U.S. Open for kid's graduation

Mickelson to skip U.S. Open for kid's graduation

The 46-year-old California native has finished second in the U.S. Open six times in his career, most recently in 2013 at Merion Golf Club in Pennsylvania.

June 3 Phil Mickelson plans to miss this month's U.S. Open to attend his daughter Amanda's high school graduation ceremony, the five-times major champion told reporters on Saturday.

Mickelson is now putting the final touches on his third round at the Memorial Tournament, hovering just inside the top 25, and he's also set to play in next week's FedEx St. Jude Classic in Memphis, Tennessee.

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

"Mike and I both agree there's no sense in doing it right now, you never know what might happen, maybe something comes up with the commencement, maybe something comes up with the weather". But it doesn't look good for me playing. I wanted to make sure they had enough notice. "But I'm really excited about this moment in our family's life".

Mickelson, a 42-time PGA TOUR victor, five-time major victor and six-time U.S. Open runner up, will nearly certainly withdraw from the only major championship he has failed to win.

Mickelson won his first of three Masters titles in 2004, captured the PGA Championship in 2005 and conquered The Open Championship in 2013. "I'm always holding out hope".

"My daughter is the school president". You just need to be there. 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.

This is the same daughter who almost caused Mickelson to miss the 1999 U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2, where he carried a beeper with him and pledged to leave in the middle of the tournament even if he were leading.

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