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Mickelson to miss US Open for daughter's graduation

Mickelson to miss US Open for daughter's graduation

Phil Mickelson will miss the US Open to attend his daughter's graduation. Amanda, who will attend Brown University in the fall, is the class president and commencement speaker.

Phil Mickelson watches his shot on the second hole during the third round of the Memorial golf tournament, Saturday, June 3, 2017, in Dublin, Ohio.

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 said he had notified the US Golf Association of his decision well in advance so that the organising body as well as his replacement would not be caught off guard.

Mickelson, whose birthday nearly always falls during U.S. Open week and turns 47 this June, has had family issues come up during the season's second major in the past. Something might come up with the commencement, the weather, something unforeseen, but it doesn't look very good. "I'm always holding out hope". The first round is June 15th, the same day as Amanda Mickelson's graduation from Pacific Ridge School in Carlsbad, California.

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Amanda is Mickelson and his wife Amy's oldest child and turns 18 this month.

That's because Mickelson will skip this year's U.S. Open at Erin Hills in Wisconsin.

Amanda was born a day after the US Open at Pinehurst in 1999, when Mickelson finished second to Payne Stewart. You just need to be there.

Mickelson shared his plans Saturday to give the USGA ample time to prepare when it announces the tee times later next week, and to let the first alternate know he'll most likely have a spot in the U.S. Open.

"Back of your head, you're like, maybe something will change, maybe something will change, but nothing is really change, so here we are, " Mickelson said.


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