Phil Mickelson is still chasing the elusive US Open Championship. The five time major winner has struggled over the years to win the fourth and final major on his checklist. His highest finish ever was tied for second, which he has achieved a record six times.

Mickelson will not be raising the US Open trophy once again this year. On Friday, Mickelson told the New York Times he will miss the tournament. Instead of competing in the 117th US Open, Phil will opt to attend his daughter’s high school graduation.

I don’t hate that move. It takes a lot of integrity and recognition of what truly matters in life to potentially walk away from millions. In all honesty Lefty has amassed plenty of money over his 25 year professional career to sit this one out. Plus, the man can walk away from the game today and be easily considered as one of the greatest to ever step foot on the links.

Personally, I’m going to miss Phil not playing this year. Whether he is in the hunt or not, he always brings excitement to the game.