Every golf season Phil Mickelson delivers a surprise–not necessarily on the golf course, but off of it. Once again, this past week, Lefty made headlines when he announced he would miss the 2017 U.S. Open at Erin Hills, Wisconsin because he wanted to see his daughter Amanda speak at her high school graduation next week in Carlsbad, California.
Now obviously the U.S. Open is a big thing and sports fans know this. That is why there was an online petition set up to change the date of the Pacific Ridge School graduation. However, it appears the petition was unsuccessful and the graduation and one of the biggest global annual tournaments in golf will coexist on the same day.
The petition was set up by PGA professional Derek Deminsky of Tucson, Arizona. Mickelson has strong connections to Arizona because he attended Arizona State University. Deminsky asked Pacific Ridge School to move the graduation to June 14 so Mickelson could continue his quest for the career grand slam. The 46 year-old has won the Masters three times and the PGA Championship and British Open once, but has never won the U.S. Open despite finishing second a remarkable six times. To date, Deminsky has 2093 supporters.
So in the short term, what does Mickelson’s absence at the U.S. Open mean for your fantasy golf pool? Well, it means he will definitely be playing at the FedEx St. Jude Classic in Memphis, Tennessee this weekend and will be a strong contender at TPC Southwind. Mickelson has shown flawless consistency this season, as he has made the cut in all 12 events he has participated in 2017. He is the only golfer in the field to have participated in 10 or more events and made the cut each time. Mickelson is not just a contender at the FedEx St. Jude Classic this weekend, but with a weak field because golf’s best are saving their energy for next week’s major, he is simply the favourite. It is time to simply pick Phil!