"Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger by the way you treat them. Rather, bring them up with the discipline and instruction that comes from the Lord." Ephesians 6:4
Every golfer dreams of being able to play in the U.S. Open golf tournament. Only the best players in the world get to tee it up on some the greatest courses in the world for a chance to become a U.S. Open Champion and secure a place in golf history.
Winning a U.S. Open not only places a player among golf's elite but allows him to carry the title of U.S. Open Champion for the rest of his life.
Phil Mickelson has won five major golf championships. He has won three Masters' Championships, a PGA Championship and British Open Championship. The one major championship that has eluded him is the U.S. Open and he desperately wants to win one. Phil is in his late fortys and the clock is running down on his opportunities to win that coveted title.
As much as he desires to win an Open and be known as a U.S. Open Champion for the rest of his life, and you can be sure that he does! The title he treasures more is the title of "FATHER".
That explains why Phil Mickelson is not playing in the U.S. Open for the first time in 24 years. Phil withdrew from this years U.S. Open to attend the High School graduation of his daughter. She is the Valedictorian of her high school class and was scheduled to deliver the graduation speech to her class at their commencement exercised. Graduating at the top of her class indicates she is a very intelligent and industrious young lady and Phil wanted to honor that sort of effort by making sure he was there for her graduation. And he was, which means he was not in Erin, Wisconsin playing in the U. S. Open.
Phil gave up something that means a great deal to him in order to show his daughter that she means a great deal more! It's hard to comprehend how much that will mean to her. She will always remember the year her dad passed up on playing in the U.S. Open to come to her graduation.
What a wonderful example of fatherhood by this world-famous golfer!
Avid golfers will always remember the year Phil pulled out of the U. S. Open and there will be those who will be critical of Phil for choosing not tp be there.
But there will also be a young lady who will always remember that her dad, Phil Mickelson, was there when she graduated with honors!
Well played, Phil!
What are you willing to sacrifice today to show your child how much he/she means to you?
Happy Father's Day!