Despite Fan Efforts, Mickelson Graduation Date Unchanged

Phil Mickelson is arguably the most popular player in professional golf, and could have the biggest individual fan-base in sports, but there’s one thing even his most deeply passionate fans cannot do: change a high school graduation.

An online petition has circulated over the past few days, a desperate attempt to get Phil Mickelson into the U.S. Open after his announcement over the weekend that he will be passing on his latest attempt at the Career Grand Slam in order to attend the graduation of his oldest daughter.

So far, the efforts have fallen flat.


  • Online Petition: A PGA Professional started an petition on, attempting to convince Pacific Ridge High School in Carlsbad, California to change the date of their June 15th graduation, a Thursday, to June 14th (or sooner).
  • Pretty Please: Derek Deminsky, a professional in Tuscon, wrote in the petition that he and “millions of golf fans” would greatly appreciate it. As of Wednesday morning, nearly 1,500 had signed the petition.
  • Unchanged: Despite the efforts, the school has no plans to move the graduation, saying little, for privacy’s sake, but mentioning that they are still “looking forward to celebrating the Class of 2017 on June 15th.”
  • Third Party Effort: Mickelson has had nothing to do with the online efforts to change the graduation date, not wanting to put the school, or his daughter, in an awkward situation.
  • About Amanda: Mickelson’s oldest daughter, Amanda, 18, is the class president and valedictorian. She is set to attend Brown University, an Ivy League school in Rhode Island, in the fall.

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“I’m always holding out hope, but as you look back on life, there are certain things you need to be there for.”
Phil Mickelson

Joel Cook

Joel Cook is Pro Golf Weekly's Lead Writer. He is a member of the Golf Writer's Association of America.


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