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

Despite failing to win the US Open, Mickelson has finished second or been tied for second on six occasions.

Phil Mickelson said Saturday that he would withdraw from the US Open, the only Major championship he has not won, to attend what he considers a more important event - his daughter Amanda's high school graduation.

Mickelson, who turns 47 on the day of the second round, said if the tournament were delayed due to weather or if the ceremony were changed - unlikely scenarios, he said - then he'd try to make it from Southern California to Erin Hills in Wisconsin.

The left-hander produced one of the best performances of his career to win his fifth major at The Open in 2013, but his memorable triumph at Muirfield remains his last victory worldwide.

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Though, Mickelson's decision to skip the U.S. Open should be applauded.

"You never know. Maybe something freaky will happen ... something happens with the commencement time-wise". I wanted to make sure they had enough notice.

A U.S. Open runner-up in 1999, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2009 and 2013, Mickelson has featured in every edition of the championship since 1993.

"As I look back on life, this is a moment I'll always cherish and be glad I was present", Mickelson told Karen Crouse of The New York Times. He and wife Amy are the parents of Amanda (17), Sophia (15) and Evan (14), and Phil again left no doubt as to his priorities Saturday. "It wasn't really something that we discussed, because it really wasn't much of a decision". Mickelson said that he had wrestled with the latest conflict for months and that Amanda had assured him that she would not mind if he were absent.

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