Phil Mickelson skips practice at US Open for daughter's graduation

Phil Mickelson will be in California for most of the week. (USATSI)
Phil Mickelson will be in California for most of the week. (USATSI)

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Phil Mickelson has managed to stay dry this week while everyone else has been donning slickers and umbrellas at Merion Golf Club in preparation for the US Open.

The reason: He's been in California.

According to ESPN, Mickelson went home to San Diego on Monday to watch his daughter's eighth-grade graduation. Mickelson said he was always planning on going home for the Wednesday graduation, the rain just bumped up his timetable.

"I was scheduled to return to San Diego after my 2:30 press conference Tuesday. I came back Monday. My daughter Amanda is speaking at her eighth-grade graduation ceremony and I always planned on being here for that, but since it was raining so much Monday and we didn't know if we'd even be able to play a sloppy course, I came home last night to practice in great weather on my range and greens. I'll be ready to go Thursday."

It's kind of interesting that the graduation will be late Wednesday afternoon and Mickelson has a 7:11 a.m. tee time in Pennsylvania (obviously 4:11 a.m. California time) on Thursday. 

Let's say the graduation ends at 5 p.m. on Wednesday (8 p.m. in Pennsylvania) -- Mickelson will probably eat a cookie and drink some juice at the after-party and be out the door by 6:30 p.m. (9:30 p.m. in Pennsylvania). It's a 4 1/2-hour (or so) flight.

All I'm saying is that it must be nice to have access to that private jet.

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