Phil Mickelson withdraws from US Open

Phil Mickelson hits from the first fairway during the third round of the Memorial golf tournament Saturday

Mickelson has run this gauntlet before, having flown cross-country twice before the 2013 U.S. Open to attend Amanda's eighth-grade graduation.

Mickelson has announced that he'll be skipping this month's U.S. Open at Erin Hills so that he can attend his daughter Amanda's high school graduation.

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

"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.

Mickelson, who will celebrate his 47th birthday the following day, has endured a number of near-misses in the US Open, finishing runner-up a remarkable six times with four further top-10 finishes.




Speaking to the New York Times, Mickelson said he feels duty-bound to be at the graduation.

"I didn't want Mike Davis and the USGA to be caught off guard when they made their pairings for television on Wednesday, and I want the alternate to know that he most likely will be in and to prepare properly", Mickelson added. "It doesn't look good for me playing, but I'm really excited by this moment in my family's life".

Mickelson had considered delaying a final decision on whether he would take part in the tournament until closer to the opening round. If he were to win the U.S. Open, he would become only the sixth and oldest golfer to complete the Grand Slam. He's won the Masters three times and the PGA Championship and British Open once each.

Mickelson was wearing a pager and had he gotten word that Amanda was coming earlier, he said he would have withdrawn from the tournament and headed back to California for the birth of his first child. He returned to the site, Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pa., in time to tee off.

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