Mickelson to miss US Open for daughter's graduation

Mickelson to miss US Open for daughter's graduation

Mickelson to miss US Open for daughter's graduation

Mickelson, six times a runner-up at the only major championship he has not won, said on Saturday that he would miss this year's tournament to attend his daughter Amanda's high school graduation.

Amanda Mickelson, his eldest daughter, has her graduation ceremony at Pacific Ridge School in California on June 15, the same day as the first round of the US Open.

Mickelson, said he has not officially withdrawn from the tournament which begins June 15 and will wait closer to the event to do so, barring some change that would allow him to play.

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.

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.

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"Mike and I both agree there's no sense in [officially withdrawing] right now". It would have to be something unforeseen.
"I wanted to make sure that they had enough notice to accommodate it".

Mickelson won his first of three Masters titles in 2004, captured the PGA Championship in 2005 and conquered The Open Championship in 2013.

"It doesn't look good for me playing but I am really excited about this moment in our family's life". "It wasn't really something that we discussed, because it really wasn't much of a decision".

Mickelson and his wife, Amy, had faced similar conflicts before The US Open at Pinehurst in 1999 bumped up against the due date of the couple's first child.

"My daughter is the school president".

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