Golfer Phil Mickelson to Skip US Open at Erin Hills

Mickelson to miss US Open for daughter's graduation

Mickelson to miss US Open for daughter's graduation

Should Mickelson win a U.S. Open at some point, he would become the sixth male golfer to win a career Grand Slam.

DUBLIN, Ohio - Phil Mickelson plans to skip the U.S. Open so he can attend his daughter Amanda's high school graduation ceremony near their San Diego home. He's not even going to show up to Erin Hills in less than two weeks, telling Karen Crouse of The New York Times on Saturday that he was withdrawing from the U.S. Open.

The left-hander produced one of the best performances of his career to win his fifth major at The Open in 2013, but his memorable triumph at Muirfield remains his last victory worldwide.

"As I look back on life, this is a moment I'll always cherish and be glad I was present", Mickelson said.

"I wanted to make sure they had enough notice to accommodate it, " said Mickelson, who said he called United States Golf Association executive director Mike Davis to inform him.

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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. She will be giving the commencement speech on June 15, which is the first day of the U.S. Open.

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

"My daughter is ... the school president".

Corey Pavin in 2005 left the U.S. Open after his Thursday morning round, flew to California for his son's graduation that night and flew overnight back to Pinehurst No. 2 for his Friday afternoon round.

"Unfortunately, it comes around 10 in the morning Pacific (12 PM CT) so there's just really no way to make it, no matter what the tee time is. It wasn't really something that we discussed, because it really wasn't much of a decision".

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