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Phil Mickelson to miss US Open in favour of daughters graduation

Phil Mickelson has withdrawn from the US Open to attend his daughters high school graduation, signifying his wait to complete the fixed of major championship success will continue

Phil Mickelsons wait to complete a clean sweep of major championships will go on for at least another year, after it emerged the 46 -year-old has withdrawn from the upcoming US Open so that he can attend his daughters high school graduation. Afforded Mickelsons reputation in the United States, this celebrates a serious blow to the event.

Mickelson, who has stood a series of near-misses at his house open, was scheduled to join the field at Erin Hills from Thursday week. However, speaking at the Memorial Tournament in Ohio where he is playing this weekend Mickelson said he will put family before professional goals.

Mickelsons daughter Amanda will graduate on 15 June, the working day of the US Opens first round. As I look back on life, this is a moment Ill ever cherish and be glad I was present, Mickelson told the New York Times. Theres no greater joy as a parent.

Mickelson is believed to have already informed the United States Golf Association of his decision, out of respect for the number of final qualifying places they can make available on Monday. As one of the most significant golfers in the history of video games, Mickelsonneeds only the US Open to become the sixth musician in history to achieve a grand slam of majors.

Sceptics might sense an undercurrent either of Mickelson seeming he is unable to compete at what is a new host venue Mickelson has not won at all since the Open Championship of 2013 or maintaining a dim view of the USGA. Recent US Opens ought to have overshadowed by bad advertisement, including the rules furore which provided a backdrop to Dustin Johnsons success last year. When asked last month whether a successful US Open was necessary to improve the reputation of the USGA, Mickelson replied: I dont know if one thing right is going to fix that.

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