Dublin, OH — If there is one thing missing on Phil Mickelson’s resume, it is a U.S. Open title but it appears as though his wait for that title will have to wait at least one more year.
Mickelson’s oldest child, Amanda, is graduating high school on June 15, the day first round play at the U.S. Open is set to begin.
“My daughter is graduating and she’s the school president,” Mickelson said. “She’ll be giving the commencement speech for the school, and I’m going to be there. Unfortunately, it comes on the Thursday of the Open, around 10:00 in the morning Pacific. So there’s just really no way to make it, no matter what the tee time is. I didn’t want Mike Davis and the USGA to be caught off guard when they made their pairings for television on Wednesday, and I want the alternate to know that he most likely will be in and prepare properly.”
This story was reported by Karen Crouse of the New York Times.
To be clear, Mickelson has not yet withdrawn from the U.S. Open and can do so until minutes prior to his tee time, in which case he would be replaced by the alternate who is then atop the list.
“Mike and I both agree there’s no sense in doing it right now, you never know what might happen, maybe something comes up with the commencement, maybe something comes up with the weather,” said Mickelson. “I don’t know what will happen, but it doesn’t look very good. It would have to be something unforeseen. I wanted to make sure that they had enough notice to accommodate it. So that’s why I’m saying something today. It doesn’t look good for me playing, but I’m really excited about this moment in our family’s life.”
Davis was notified of this news Saturday morning.
“Phil called on Saturday to let me know to let me know that because of the timing of his daughter’s high school graduation, he would most likely not be able to play in the U.S. Open at Erin Hills,” Davis said in a statement. “We applaud and appreciate the fact that he is being pro-active so that the USGA can make any appropriate adjustments should he not be able to play. We certainly understand and support that Phil’s family commitments are of paramount importance and hope that the timing will work in his favor.”
Mickelson, 46, was asked if potentially missing out on the U.S. Open would close the window just a little more on his chances at a grand slam but turned the question around for more of a lighthearted approach.
“I’ll be able to play the next two years solidly before Sofia gets to graduate, hopefully,” said Mickelson. “Hopefully that one won’t conflict. Again, you never know, maybe something freaky will happen, but you just never know.
With these news, the unlikelihood of him playing in the U.S. Open, Mickelson added Colonial to his schedule.
“It’s a reason why I haven’t gone (to Erin Hills) and prepared, I haven’t foreseen there being a chance for me to play,” Mickelson said.