|Phil Mickelson Will Miss U.S. Open For Daughter's Graduation|
Family First, Not Golf For Mickelson
Phil Mickelson may be one of the most popular players on tour - from his contagious smile and loving personality, to his amazing short game.
It is hard to not like Mickelson.
With his window on winning a major closing, Mickelson has to be urgent to get the ever elusive U.S. Open trophy into his trophy case.
But it won’t be happening this season.
On Saturday, Lefty announced that he will be withdrawing from this years U.S. Open at Erin Hills to attend his daughter Amanda’s graduation.
The graduation falls on the opening round of the tournament and tee time aside, so it will be impossible to attend both.
“As I look back on life, this is a moment I’ll always cherish and be glad I was present,” said Mickelson.
The graduation also happens to fall on the day of his 47th birthday.
This arises another question…
Will Phil Ever Get the Career Grand Slam?
He is just a U.S. Open short of being the sixth man in the history of the game to win all the majors in his career. This year may have been a great opportunity to do so.
He hasn’t missed a cut this season when playing and has been very consistent.
In his last eight events he has gone T22, T29, T41, T18, T22, T55, T5, T7.
Not to shabby, the only number missing is 1.
But it wont happen this year and the next time he will have a chance to win it is at Shinnecock Hills in New York.
The last time the U.S. Open was at this venue was in 2004.
The winner that year was Retief Goosen, the runner up? Phil Mickelson.
If he were to win, he would be oldest United States Open Champion. It is currently Hale Irwin, who was 15 days removed from his 45th birthday.
You cant hate Phil’s decision to go to his daughter graduation, most people would make that decision. But when it comes to his window to win a U.S. Open, that is dwindling.