Phil Mickelson withdraws from US Open due to daughter's high school graduation

Paola Ditto
Giugno 15, 2017

That's right, it's time to get ready for the 2017 US Open. "Yeah, it was definitely a thought, but everything worked out and I'm here playing".

With no rain in sight, Phil Mickelson has officially withdrawn from the U.S. Open. Ironically, Mickelson, whose first child, Amanda, was born the day after that final round, will likely miss this week's tournament to attend her high school graduation.

With Dustin Johnson a distracted dad, Rory McIlroy a little rusty and third-ranked Jason Day trying to put it all together in 2017, the door could be open for another first-time major victor in the U.S. Open at Erin Hills. He spent much of last week playing and practicing in Los Angeles, then arrived on site Tuesday afternoon.

"It just gives you a whole new perspective on things", he said. "Before golf was the most important and now my family is the most important. Just I'm always happy and excited to be with them". Obviously I don't have to worry about them and that's a big relief.

The world number one won three tournaments in succession earlier this year - including back-to-back World Golf Championship events - before a back injury forced him to withdraw from the Masters.

Johnson ended up watching the Masters on television as a frustrated viewer. I think it presents lots of different challenges. It will also suit a host of long hitters, with defending champion Dustin Johnson, the World No.1, the championship favourite, with others such as Jon Rahm and Jason Day armed with enough firepower to take advantage of a 7,741-yard slog.

Johnson has just become a father for the second time and he believes being a parent has changed his golf game for the better.

"So it is imperative for me to get off to a good start and I haven't been able to do that".

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