Phil Mickelson is set to miss the US Open for his daughter's graduation day.
Phil Mickelson is set to miss the US Open for his daughter's graduation day. Darron Cummings

Mickelson puts daughter before US Open

SIX times runner-up Phil Mickelson will miss this year's US Open to attend his daughter Amanda's graduation ceremony.

The US Open is the only major tournament the 46-year-old has not won but he said family came first in this instance.

The first round of the U.S. Open at Erin Hills in Wisconsin will be on Thursday, June 15, while Amanda's graduation ceremony is in southern California that same morning.

Mickelson has not officially withdrawn, but it seems only a first-round weather washout or a late date change of the graduation ceremony could allow him to participate.

"My daughter is the school president. She'll be giving the commencement speech for the school and I'm going to be there,"Mickelson told reporters after the third round of the Memorial tournament in Dublin, Ohio.

"It's obviously the tournament I want to win the most but this is one of those moments you look back on life and just don't want to miss it."

Mickelson said he had notified the US Golf Association of his decision well in advance so that the organising body as well as his replacement would not be caught off guard.

A US Open victory would make Mickelson only the sixth golfer to win all four majors, joining Gene Sarazen, Ben Hogan, Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods.

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