ERIN, WISCONSIN – With Mother Nature expected to serve up an ideal day for golf on Thursday, Phil Mickelson officially withdrew from the U.S. Open just hours before his scheduled tee time.
It was, of course, no surprise given Mickelson’s decision to attend the high school graduation of his daughter Amanda, which coincides with the first round of the tournament.
It’s a reminder that timing can mean so much.
Erin Hills was evacuated Monday and Wednesday due to heavy thunderstorms, the kind of weather event that could have allowed Mickelson to attend to the graduation and also make it to Erin Hills in time had it happened Thursday morning. But clear skies are in the forecast for the first round.
There is also the expectation of thunderstorms disrupting play later in the championship. Thursday, however, offered no such help for Mickelson, whose streak of 23 consecutive U.S. Open appearances ends.
Roberto Díaz of Mexico replaced Mickelson in the U.S. Open field.