Phil Mickelson officially withdraws from US Open

The U.S. Open will be played next year at Shinnecock Hills, where Mickelson was in position to win in 1995 and 2004.

Thursday's US Open first round at Erin Hills in Wisconsin clashed with the ceremony in California.

Diaz teed off at Erin Hills in the opening round alongside Steve Stricker and Stewart Cink, two more renowned players who also came through U.S. Open qualifying this year, with Cink, in fact, the victor of the only other major Mickelson missed since 1994, the 2009 British Open.

This is the first time Mickelson has missed the U.S. Open since he failed to qualify in 1993 and his first missed major since the 2009 Open.

Meanwhile, six-time US Open runner-up Phil Mickelson confirmed his withdrawal from the tournament on Thursday as expected.

Paul Casey and Xander Schauffele were one shot back, with Brian Harman, Tommy Fleetwood and Brooks Koepka another shot behind at 5 under.

"I hit the ball phenomenally well", Spieth said.

In the pages that follow, you will find a complete guide to the 156-player field. Garcia, who won the Masters in April for his first major title, then parred No. 2.

"I didn't see seven under at the start of the week, but today is the best we are going to get".

"But this is one of those moments where you look back on life and you don't want to miss it".

It's more than worth the trouble for the 30-year-old Mexico native who now lives in SC and plays most of his golf on the Tour. With 0 percent chance of rain in the forecast until late afternoon Thursday, Phil, sadly, won't even board his private plan to try and make the last minute dash to Wisconsin.

"I thought he played great", Stricker said. At the time, Day withdrew from the World Golf Championships-Match Play but played in The Masters, where he finished tied for 22nd. It was just a really off-day putting-wise but I'll figure it out. But even more ominous for the field is that the 28-year-old with the slight build and powerful swing made it look ridiculously easy on the longest course - 7,845 yards - in U.S. Open history. He made double bogeys on both holes to balloon to 6 over.

Fowler, who was 25 over par for his previous four rounds in the US Open, started from the 10th and birdied the 11th, 12th, 14th and 18th to reach the turn in 32, before picking up further shots on the first, second and seventh. Ironically, there is an increasing chance of storms on Friday and Saturday.

  • Julie Sanders