Phil Mickelson will miss the US Open to attend his daughter's graduation.
Mickelson is now putting the final touches on his third round at the Memorial Tournament, hovering just inside the top 25, and he's also set to play in next week's FedEx St. Jude Classic in Memphis, Tennessee.
"Unfortunately it comes on the Thursday of the Open, around 10 in the morning pacific time and there's no way I can make it no matter what the tee time is".More news: Foo Fighters release surprise new single and video 'Run'
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"As I look back on life, this is a moment I'll always cherish and be glad I was present", said Mickelson, who will turn 47 the day after the graduation.
"There is no sense in doing it (withdrawing formally) now". I wanted to make sure they [the USGA] had enough notice to accommodate it, so that's why I'm saying something today.
But Mickelson knows it would take "an act of God" to allow him to play and thus he has informed the USGA of his situation, allowing an alternate to properly prepare for the event and the USGA to plan its first- and second-round groupings accordingly.
This is the same daughter who almost caused Mickelson to miss the 1999 U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2, where he carried a beeper with him and pledged to leave in the middle of the tournament even if he were leading. You just need to be there. 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.