Phil Mickelson has officially withdrawn from the 2017 U.S. Open.
On Thursday morning, ESPN’s Jason Sobel reported the five-time major champion has decided there was no chance he would be able to make it from his daughter’s high school graduation to Erin Hills in time for his 3:20 p.m. ET tee time.
“I love the [U.S.] Open, but this is a special moment for us,” Mickelson said, via GolfChannel.com.
“I mean, my daughter’s speaking, she’s giving the speech there at graduation. It’s just one of those things, you need to be there. So it wasn’t a hard decision at all.”
This marks the first time since 1993 that Mickelson will miss the U.S. Open.
With Mickelson now out of the tournament, alternate Roberto Diaz of Mexico is set to take over the tee time and join the field for this weekend’s major tournament.
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