Golf - Mickelson US Open withdrawal confirmed

MEMPHIS, TN - JUNE 10: Phil Mickelson reacts to his biridie putt on the 16th hole during round three of the FedEX St. Jude Classic at the TPC Southwind on June 10, 2017 in Memphis, Tennessee. Andy Lyons/Getty Images/AFPMEMPHIS, TN - JUNE 10: Phil Mickelson reacts to his biridie putt on the 16th hole during round three of the FedEX St. Jude Classic at the TPC Southwind on June 10, 2017 in Memphis, Tennessee. Andy Lyons/Getty Images/AFP (AFP Photo/ANDY LYONS)

- Phil Mickelson withdrew from the US Open, opting to skip the tournament to attend his daughter's graduation ceremony, organisers said. Mickelson had been granted a tee time by US Open organisers on the off-chance any delay in play may allow him time to fly from California to Erin Hills, Wisconsin for the start of the first round. But with play at the 117th US Open getting under way Thursday under bright sunshine and clear skies, Mickelson's hopes of playing evaporated. It means the 46-year-old will have to wait another year before he can attempt to end his US Open jinx. The US Open is the only title missing from Mickelson's collection of five majors. He has posted six second place finishes at the tournament in 26 attempts since 1990.

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