Phil Mickelson to miss U.S. Open for daughter's graduation

Phil Mickelson to miss U.S. Open for daughter's graduation

Phil Mickelson to miss U.S. Open for daughter's graduation

Phil Mickelson said Saturday that he would withdraw from the US Open, the only Major championship he has not won, to attend what he considers a more important event - his daughter Amanda's high school graduation.

His last tournament victory came at The British Open four years ago, although he remains inside the top 25 of the world golf rankings.

Mickelson, who turns 47 on the day of the second round, said if the tournament were delayed due to weather or if the ceremony were changed - unlikely scenarios, he said - then he'd try to make it from Southern California to Erin Hills in Wisconsin. Amanda, who will attend Brown University in the fall, is the class president and commencement speaker.

"I could BS you and tell you I don't think about it", Mickelson said.

The 46-year-old is running out of chances to complete the career grand slam, making the decision more hard.

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"Amanda's very supportive. She's always been: 'Dad, I know you love the Open.' But it's one of those things that you just show up".

Phil Mickelson, seen here in the final round of the 2013 U.S. Open, has been runner-up six times.

"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".

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.

"I'll actually really enjoy watching them get punished out there", Mickelson said. "It wasn't really something that we discussed, because it really wasn't much of a decision".

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