Merion M.I.A.: Phil Mickelson flies home for daughter's graduation

Merion M.I.A.: Phil Mickelson flies home for daughter’s graduation

Phil Mickelson was nowhere to be found at Merion Golf Club on Tuesday, according to multiple reports. He had a good reason.

Mickelson's daughter Amanda is graduating from eighth grade on Wednesday, and he wanted to be there to catch it. With rain-doused Merion playing soft thanks to 6 inches of precipitation since last Friday, Mickelson didn't see much need to stick around to practice on it after Monday's storms.

The four-time major winner flew from Merion home to San Diego for the graduation ceremony, practicing there in preparation for the 2013 U.S. Open before flying back to the Philadelphia area on Wednesday night.

Mickelson's U.S. Open begins at 7:11 a.m. ET on Thursday off the 11th tee, along with Steve Stricker and Keegan Bradley. The left-hander, who finished T-2 last weekend at the FedEx St. Jude Classic, holds the record for the most second-place finishes in U.S. Open history with five.