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Phil Mickelson to fly home for daughter’s graduation before U.S. Open

Phil Mickelson plays a shot during a practice round prior to the U.S. Open at Pennsylvania's Oakmont Country Club on June 13.
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There are about 2,400 miles separating Pittsburgh and San Diego, but that’s not going to stop Phil Mickelson from attending his daughter’s eighth-grade graduation in the middle of U.S. Open week.

As Mickelson did before the 2013 U.S. Open at another Pennsylvania course, Merion, he was planning to catch a ride on his private jet on Monday night to attend a graduation -- this time for the Mickelsons’ second-born, Sophia.

According to his spokesman, the graduation ceremony is Tuesday and Mickelson is scheduled to return to Oakmont Country Club on Wednesday for a formal interview session with the media. He played a practice round at Oakmont on Monday.

In 2013, Mickelson garnered a lot of pre-tournament attention for returning to Rancho Santa Fe for oldest daughter Amanda’s eighth-grade graduation. It certainly didn’t hurt his play.

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On no more than four hours of sleep, after flying all night and enduring a 2½-hour storm delay, playing with no driver and five wedges in his bag, Mickelson glided through soggy conditions to open with a leading 67. He held at least a portion of the lead for the first three days, but then faltered with a 74 and was overtaken by winner Justin Rose. Mickelson tied Jason Day for second for a record sixth runner-up finish.


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