By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM
ARDMORE, Pa. -- Phil Mickelson had planned to practice at Merion Golf Club on Monday and Tuesday. But you know what they say about the best-laid-plans.
When he saw the forecast that called for an 80-percent chance of rain on Monday, Mickelson opted to head back home to San Diego where the sun was shining and temperatures were in the upper 60s. After all, he had played two practice rounds at the iconic course early last week.
And Mickelson had planned on being home on Wednesday to attend his daughter Amanda's eighth-grade graduation ceremony. Amanda, you'll remember, was born the day after Mickelson finished second to Payne Stewart at the 1999 U.S. Open at Pinehurst.
"My daughter Amanda is speaking at her eighth grade graduation ceremony on Wednesday and I always planned on being there for that," Mickelson said in a statement from his management company. "But since it was raining so much Monday and we didn't know if we'd even be able to play a sloppy course, I came home last night to practice in great weather on my range and greens.
"I'll be ready to go Thursday."
Mickelson tees off at 7:11 a.m. ET in the first round. He will play with Steve Stricker and Keegan Bradley.
Mickelson, who has five runner-up finishes at the U.S. Open, tied for second Sunday at the FedEx St. Jude Classic.