Published: Sun, June 04, 2017
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Phil Mickelson won't play U.S. Open, will attend daughter's graduation instead

Phil Mickelson won't play U.S. Open, will attend daughter's graduation instead

Phil Mickelson announced Saturday he'll pass up a chance to complete the career Grand Slam at the 2017 U.S. Open to attend his daughter's graduation from high school in mid-June. Mickelson, who will turn 47 the day after the graduation added, "there's no greater joy as a parent".

This year's event runs from June 15-18 at Erin Hills. After dealing with multiple injuries in the past, Lefty has decided family over golf. The one inside Phil Mickelson's golf bag at Pinehurst all those years ago ended up taking on a life of its own.

"My daughter is graduating, she is the school president, she'll be giving the commencement speech for the school and I am going to be there", he said at a media conference. "It doesn't look good for me playing, but I'm really excited by this moment in my family's life".

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The calendar will prevent him from making a run at the title this time, though.

"It's a tournament that I want to win the most", Mickelson said after his third round at the Memorial.

"(Or) if there was even a two-or-three hour (weather delay at the golf) I could very possibly make it".

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"You never know. Maybe something freaky will happen ... something happens with the commencement time-wise".

The 2013 British Open remains Mickelson's last tournament victory.

"Mike and I both agree there's no sense in [officially withdrawing] right now".

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Mickelson said he had notified the U.S. Golf Association (USGA) of his decision well in advance so that the organising body as well as his replacement would not be caught off guard. But that's the same day as Amanda Mickelson's graduation from Pacific Ridge School, and he doesn't see any way he'll make a tee time.

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