Mickelson to miss US Open for daughter's graduation

Phil Mickelson- cropped

Phil Mickelson will miss the US Open to attend his daughter's graduation.

Speaking before his third round at the Memorial Tournament, the 46-year-old said daughter Amanda's graduation would take precedence over the only major championship to have eluded him.

"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.

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 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, who will celebrate his 47th birthday the following day, has endured a number of near-misses in the US Open, finishing runner-up a remarkable six times with four further top-10 finishes. This also makes his decision to return to the DEAN & DELUCA make more sense, as he's previously skipped the event to avoid playing three straight weeks before the U.S. Open.

"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".

"Back of your head, you're like, maybe something will change, maybe something will change, but nothing is really change, so here we are, " Mickelson said.

On the Tuesday before the 2013 U.S. Open at Merion, Mickelson flew home to attend Amanda's eighth-grade gradution the following day, and made it back for his Thursday morning tee time.

Mickelson has appeared in every U.S. Open that he's been eligible for since he joined the PGA Tour in 1994.