Golfer Phil Mickelson Will Skip US Open For Daughter’s Graduation Ceremony
Phil Mickelson is one of the greatest golfers in the world.
He also knows what’s really important.
The opening round is Saturday, June 15th in Wisconsin.
That’s the same day his oldest chid, his daughter Amanda, will be graduating from high school in San Diego.
To truly appreciate this choice, you have to understand Mickelson’s relationship with the US Open.
The NY Times reports Mickelson needs a victory in the US Open to become the sixth man to win a career Grand Slam, and his window of opportunity is closing. The oldest United States Open champion is Hale Irwin, who was 15 days past his 45th birthday when he won in 1990.
He’s been at a similar conflict before with this major tournament.
In 1999, his wife Amy, was due to give birth to Amanda as Mickelson was playing in the tournament. He vowed to leave the tournament at any moment and had his caddy carry a beeper in case any alert was needed.
Keep in mind, this is what some consider the greatest US Open ever.
Mickelson came in second to Payne Stewart that year, after which Stewart embraced Mickelson and told him, ““Good luck with the baby. There’s nothing greater than being a father.”
Stewart died in a plane crash four months later.
Mickelson has said it is experiences like that and other challenges his family has faced that has helped him keep his priorities straight.
His daughter gave him permission to miss the ceremony and play in the US Open, Mickelson told the NY Times, “As I look back on life, this is a moment I’ll always cherish and be glad I was present.”
As for the time between the two conflicts, from 1999 until this year, one of the best golfers in the world says something all parents can relate to. “It feels like time’s gone by so fast.”
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