Phil Mickelson to Miss US Open to Attend Daughter's HS Graduation

Phil Mickelson hits out of the bunker on the 13th hole during the first round of the Memorial golf tournament on Thursday in Dublin Ohio

Phil Mickelson has announced that he will miss this year's US Open to attend his daughter's High School graduation.

The New York Times reported on Saturday that the 46-year-old will miss the June 15-18 event at Erin Hills because daughter Amanda is graduating from high school.

Mickelson has not officially withdrawn, but it seems only a first-round weather washout or a late date change of the graduation ceremony could allow him to participate. Amanda, who will attend Brown University in the fall, is the class president and commencement speaker. She'll be giving the commencement speech for the school and I'm going to be there,"Mickelson told reporters after the third round of the Memorial tournament in Dublin, Ohio".

The five-time major victor who has never won the U.S. Open said he's been aware of the conflict for about six months.

"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.


Mickelson needs a victory in the US Open to become the sixth man to win a career Grand Slam, and his window of opportunity is closing. "She's very supportive. She's always been, "Dad, I know you love the Open.' She's always been very supportive".

Phil Mickelson, seen here in the final round of the 2013 U.S. Open, has been runner-up six times.

Amanda is Mickelson and his wife Amy's oldest child and turns 18 this month. "It wasn't really something that we discussed, because it really wasn't much of a decision".

"Unfortunately, it comes around 10 in the morning Pacific (12 PM CT) so there's just really no way to make it, no matter what the tee time is".

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