Phil Mickelson confirmed his fate on Thursday morning, withdrawing from the 2017 U.S. Open. He is replaced in the field by Roberto Diaz, who was the first remaining alternate off the U.S. Open alternate list.
For weeks, there had been speculation Mickelson wouldn't be able to compete, with the five-time major winner choosing to attend his daughter Amanda's high-school graduation ceremony in California, where she was speaking as an academic class leader.
Mickelson did leave the window open to play, however, if there were a four-hour weather delay for play at some point on Thursday. The weather forecast changed, with the rain expected falling on Wednesday evening instead.
Mickelson's caddie, Jim "Bones" Mackay, did scout the course over the last few days with the possibility that his man could play. Unfortunately, Mickelson will not play in the U.S. Open for the first time since 1994.