Phil, best known for his aggressive playing style and his creativity around the greens, needs a victory at Americas’s most prestigious tournament to complete the golf career gland slam.  He’s won the Masters twice, the PGA, and the British Open through his career.

A 42-time winner on the PGA Tour, Phil has managed 2nd six times at the U.S. Open, often in epic fashion. At age 46, each passing year makes it more unlikely that he will join the elite club of Gene Sarazen, Ben Hogan, Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus, and Tiger Woods as golf’s Grand Slam winners, which is why him opting out of the 117th US Open next week at Erin Hills is such a wonderful story.

Next Friday, his daughter Amanda will graduate from high school in California, reports Sporting News and as he has done so many times in the past, he is putting family first.

“So my daughter is graduating and she’s the school president, she’ll be giving the commencement speech for the school, and I’m gonna be there,” said Mickelson after Saturday’s round at the Memorial.

While he has not officially withdrawn from the tournament, he has instead elected to notify the PGA of his plans so that they and the alternate golfer taking his spot won’t be caught off guard.

Phil has consistently displayed how much family means to him flying home in between practice rounds, taking time off mid season for family events or a hiatus while his wife and mother fought breast cancer.  He has proven that no matter how much is on the line, his family will always be at the front of the line.

Kudos Phil, while we will all miss your adept touch around the greens, smile on the tee and demeanor on and off the course, I wish you and your family the best.