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Mickelson withdraws from US Open after sunshine reigns at Erin Hills

It’s happened. Phil Mickelson has officially withdrawn from the US Open, a little more than an hour after the sun climbed over Erin Hills.

Lefty is attending his daughter’s graduation in California, but harboured slim hopes of making it to the venue for his Thursday afternoon tee time.

This is the first time Mickelson has missed the US Open since he failed to qualify in 1993.

Mexican golfer Roberto Diaz was the next alternate in line, and has accepted his place in the group. Diaz had to be at Erin Hills for the 6:45am start, where he then had to wait until Mickelson’s tee time at 2:20pm in case anyone else pulled out with injury.

Mickelson was clinging onto the slim hope that a storm would disrupt Wisconsin long enough to allow him to jet into the venue, but unfortunately the weather looks clear and warm, and Mickelson saw no option other than to concede defeat.

Mickelson holds the U.S. Open record with six runner-up finishes, and it's the only major keeping him from a career Grand Slam.

"It's a tournament that I want to win the most," Mickelson said two weeks ago when he first revealed the conflict. "The only way to win is if you play and have a chance. But this is one of those moments where you look back on life and you just don't want to miss it. I'll be really glad that I was there and present."

Phil Mickelson turns 47 on Friday, and believes he will have more chances at that elusive US Open trophy in the years yet to come.

The next US Open will be played next year at Shinnecock Hills, where Mickelson was in position to win in 1995 and 2004. Then it's Pebble Beach in 2019, and Winged Foot in 2020. Winged Foot is where he made a double bogey on the final hole to lose by one.

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