Phil Mickelson to miss US Open to attend daughter's graduation

Phil Mickelson hits from the first fairway during the third round of the Memorial golf tournament Saturday

Golfer Phil Mickelson has completed three legs of the career Grand Slam, but his quest to finish it off will have to wait another year.

Phil Mickelson has announced that he will miss this year's US Open to attend his daughter's High School graduation.

Mickelson, who turns 47 on the day of the second round, said if the tournament were delayed due to weather or if the ceremony were changed - unlikely scenarios, he said - then he'd try to make it from Southern California to Erin Hills in Wisconsin.

Phil Mickelson hits from the first fairway during the third round of the Memorial golf tournament, Saturday, June 3, 2017, in Dublin, Ohio.

Now, he'll mostly likely be watching on television. "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".

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"There is no sense in doing it (withdrawing formally) now".

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

The New York Times broke news of Mickelson's withdrawal on Saturday, quoting the 46-year-old as saying: "As I look back on life, this is a moment I'll always cherish and be glad I was present. It wasn't really something that we discussed, because it really wasn't much of a decision". Amanda, who will attend Brown University in the fall, is the class president and commencement speaker.

However, the American said he would have left wherever he was on the scoreboard had his wife Amy gone into labour.

This was to be Mickelson's 27th U.S. Open tournament and he was feeling confident with the way his game was shaping up heading into it.

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