Mickelson to miss US Open for daughter's graduation

A U.S. Open victory would make Mickelson only the sixth golfer to win the grand slam of U.S. Masters, U.S. Open, British Open and U.S. PGA Championship, joining Gene Sarazen, Ben Hogan, Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods.

In a statement, the USGA said: "Phil called to say because of the timing of his daughter's high school graduation, he would likely not be able to play in the US Open at Erin Hills".

Mickelson has not officially withdrawn, but it seems only a first-round weather washout or a late date change of the graduation ceremony could allow him to participate.

Mickelson, who has played in 26 U.S. Opens, was also runner up at the 2002, 2004, 2006, 2009 and 2013 events.

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


"You never know. Maybe something freaky will happen ... something happens with the commencement time-wise". It would have to be something unforeseen.
"I wanted to make sure that they had enough notice to accommodate it".

"As I look back on life, this is a moment I'll always cherish and be glad I was present", Mickelson told Karen Crouse of The New York Times.

"My daughter is the school president. It wasn't really something that we discussed, because it really wasn't much of a decision".

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.

With his wife, Amy, due any day, Mickelson competed in the 1999 U.S. Open at Pinehurst and contended he with would leave the tournament if she went into labor with Amanda.


Popular
  • I'll make sure UN gets $15 million for Paris agreement

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks during a meeting at the lower house of parliament Bundestag on 2017 budget in Berlin, Germany, November 23, 2016.
    OneLogin hit by major data breach

    OneLogin hit by major data breach

    This isn't the first time OneLogin has been targeted as it also detected unauthorized access back in August 2016. OneLogin was not alerted to the unusual database activity generated by the attacker until around 9:00 a.m.
    Organizer of Portland pro-Trump rally reacts to deadly rampage

    Organizer of Portland pro-Trump rally reacts to deadly rampage

    Mayor Ted Wheeler said Monday the events should be canceled out of respect for the victims of the Friday stabbing . I'll get back to that suspect. "It was the right thing to do", Fletcher, 21, told CNN affiliate KPTV on Tuesday.
  • Goldman under fire for buying Venezuela

    Goldman under fire for buying Venezuela "hunger bonds"

    According to Reuters , Goldman Sachs acquired the bonds from New York-based investment firm Dinosaur Financial Group. The investment bank stressed that it's not alone in investing in the country.
    Trump lashes out at leaks, considers staff upheaval

    Trump lashes out at leaks, considers staff upheaval

    The Senate and House Intelligence committees are also leading their own investigations, but not with an eye to bringing criminal charges.
    Predators hoping to advance to first-ever Stanley Cup Final

    Predators hoping to advance to first-ever Stanley Cup Final

    Game coverage drops the puck at 7pm with the Voice of the Predators Pete Weber on the Predators Radio Network across the midsouth. If he's able to play, the Predators likely will try to test his movement. "And then we'll make a decision based off that".
  • Teen charged with fatally stabbing Uber driver in Chicago

    Teen charged with fatally stabbing Uber driver in Chicago

    Wasni climbed into the front seat of Nelson's silver sedan and drove away before striking a central reservation in the road. Uber , in a statement , said that they are fully cooperating with the law enforcement agencies in the investigation.
    White House official: Trump plans to pull U.S.  from Paris deal

    White House official: Trump plans to pull U.S. from Paris deal

    Economists say that leaving the Paris deal and easing efforts to control emissions would hardly deliver a big payoff in jobs. Quitting the Paris accord may not resonate with members of Trump's Republican Party as much as his administration expects.
    Voters Want Trump Impeached But Don't Know Why

    Voters Want Trump Impeached But Don't Know Why

    Alderman Ameya Pawar of Chicago had also drafted a city council ordinance calling for Trump's impeachment. The petition concludes: " Donald Trump needs to resign as President of the United States".
  • Saina bows out, Praneeth advances to final in Thailand

    Saina bows out, Praneeth advances to final in Thailand

    Saina Nehwal too books a berth in the semis after she won a tough battle against Japanese shuttler Haruko Suzuki. Saina made her task hard by committing a large number of unforced errors in the second game of her match .
    'He's human': Cavs coach defends LeBron after 'weird' loss

    'He's human': Cavs coach defends LeBron after 'weird' loss

    It also marked the first time since the 2005-06 season that James played a full fourth quarter without scoring a single point. It was a very welcomed sight in Irving's case, after he rolled his left ankle in the third quarter of Cleveland's Game 4 win.
    McConnell faces a challenge passing health care in Senate

    McConnell faces a challenge passing health care in Senate

    The House proposal also repeals a sales tax on certain manufacturing machinery and would create new business-related tax breaks. In his tweet , Trump didn't differentiate between tax cuts and a broader tax reform package.

CONNECT