Sunday, June 04, 2017

Mickelson prepared to miss US Open to see daughter graduate

DUBLIN, Ohio – World Golf Hall-of-Famer Phil Mickelson has announced he will likely forego a spot in the upcoming U.S. Open at Erin Hills in order to attend his daughter’s high school graduation in California, which is scheduled the same day as the tournament’s first round.
Mickelson, a 42-time US PGA Tour winner, five-time major winner and six-time U.S. Open runner up, will almost certainly withdraw from the only major championship he has failed to win. Instead he will watch daughter Amanda graduate and give the commencement address at Pacific Ridge School in Carlsbad on June 15. She is set to enter Brown University in the autumn
“My daughter is graduating and she’s the school president… and I'm going to be there,” Mickelson confirmed.
“Unfortunately, it comes on the Thursday of the Open, around 10:00 in the morning Pacific time. So, there's just really no way to make it, no matter what the tee time is.”
Mickelson said only a major weather delay or unforeseen circumstance with the graduation ceremony will see him in the field.
The final spots in the field will be awarded after 36-hole qualifiers at sites across the country on Monday.
“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.



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