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Mickelson leaves Open for daughter's graduation

Wednesday - 6/12/2013, 12:10am  ET

Phil Mickelson hits from the 10th tee during the third round of the St. Jude Classic golf tournament Saturday, June 8, 2013, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

ARDMORE, Pa. (AP) -- Phil Mickelson always knew he would be home in San Diego the day before the U.S. Open at Merion. Wet weather put him home a little early.

His daughter, Amanda, is graduating from the eighth grade on Wednesday and is a featured speaker. Mickelson left early due to rain at Merion, giving him a few days of practice in pristine weather.

He will fly back after the ceremony, in time for him to tee off at 7:11 a.m. at Merion.

Amanda is his oldest daughter. She was born the day after the 1999 U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2, where Mickelson carried a beeper and pledged to withdraw if his wife had gone into labor. That was the first of his record five runner-up finishes in the U.S. Open.


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