Weather sends Lefty home early for daughter's graduation


ARDMORE, Pa. – Weather conditions may improve at Merion, but Monday’s storms already sent one player home, albeit only temporarily.

Mickelson arrived in Philadelphia on Sunday following his tie for second at the Fedex St. Jude Classic and waited out much of Monday’s weather delay at Merion before deciding to fly home to San Diego a day earlier than planned to attended his daughter’s eighth-grade graduation.

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Mickelson had originally planned to fly home on Tuesday to attend the ceremony and will fly back to the U.S. Open late Wednesday. Monday’s storms, which closed the course twice, only accelerated that plan.

He is scheduled to tee off at 7:11 a.m. (ET) on Thursday.

Mickelson, who has finished runner-up at the U.S. Open five times, spent last Monday and Tuesday playing the East Course to prepare for this week’s championship. Sources close to Mickelson say he spent Tuesday practicing at his home course in Southern California.