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Phil flying home for daughter's graduation

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OAKMONT, Pa. – Phil Mickelson left Memphis late Sunday night after tying for second place and headed to Pittsburgh for this week’s U.S. Open.

Following a practice round at Oakmont with recent NCAA individual champion Aaron Wise and Arizona State's John Rahm, Lefty planned to fly home to Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., late Monday to attend his daughter Sophia’s eighth-grade graduation on Tuesday before returning to the U.S. Open on Wednesday.

Mickelson made a similar cross-country trip in 2013 for his oldest daughter Amanda's eighth-grade graduation. He finished second at Merion to record his sixth runner-up finish in his national championship.

Mickelson, who tees off on Thursday at 2:09 p.m. (ET), was scheduled to meet with the press on Tuesday, but that has been rescheduled for Wednesday.