Phil Mickelson has informed the United States Golf Association that he will not play in the US Open at Erin Hills in two weeks, choosing instead to attend daughter Amanda’s high school graduation in Carlsbad, California, Karen Crouse of the New York Times has reported.
“As I look back on life, this is a moment I’ll always cherish and be glad I was present,” Mickelson said. “There’s no greater joy as a parent.”
On the Tuesday before the 2013 US Open at Merion, Mickelson flew home to attend Amanda’s eighth-grade gradution the next day, and made it back for his Thursday morning tee-time.
Mickelson, 46, needs only a victory in the US Open to complete a career Grand Slam. He has finished second in the US Open a record six times, including at the 2013 edition at Merion.