Phil Mickelson’s name was missing from the 2.20 pm (local time) group he had been part of for the major which got under way on Thursday, with Roberto Diaz instead listed alongside Stewart Cink and Steve Stricker.
Mickelson, in California for his daughter’s graduation ceremony, needed a rain delay to have any shot of teeing off in the 117th U.S. Open, but he decided he was unable to compete.
USGA (United States Golf Association) chief Mike Davis said that Mickelson had until the very last second to arrive.
Instead, Mickelson apparently pulled the plug on the idea of playing. Ironically, there is an increasing chance of storms on Friday and Saturday.