Mickelson to miss US Open for daughter's graduation

Five-time major victor Phil Mickelson will miss the US Open later this month to attend daughter Amanda's graduation.

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. Karen Crouse of The New YorK Times reported Mickelson's intentions to skip the U.S. Open in two weeks, as the first day of the event is also when his daughter, Amanda, graduates from high school.

Mickelson has notified tournament officials of his intention, but has yet to withdraw formally, making provisions for last-minute changes of plan.

"My daughter is the school president".

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.

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

That was the first of his record six runner-up finishes at the U.S. Open.

Now, he'll mostly likely be watching on television. But it doesn't look good for me playing.

Amanda is Mickelson and his wife Amy's oldest child and turns 18 this month.

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. "It wasn't really something that we discussed, because it really wasn't much of a decision". "Unfortunately it comes on the Thursday of the Open, around 10 in the morning Pacific, so there's really no way to make it no matter what the tee-time is".

  • Angelo Rivera