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This crazy petition aims to get Phil Mickelson into the U.S. Open

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During last week’s Memorial Tournament, Phil Mickelson announced he plans to skip the U.S. Open to attend his daughter’s high school graduation in California June 15.

Mickelson is yet to officially withdraw, allowing for improbable and unforeseen occurrence (such as the first round being suspended due to bad weather). So, it’s all but certain the left-hander won’t be making a bid for the career grand slam this year.

Certainly, this fact isn’t sitting well with many golf fans. One in particular, a club pro by the name of Derek Deminsky, is trying to do something about it.

Deminsky started a petition at Change.org to “change the date” of the Pacific Ridge School’s graduation.

Here’s what he writes in the petition.

“On behalf of golf fans everywhere, I am requesting to see if there is ANY WAY possible to reschedule your graduation ceremony to Wed June 14th (or before) to allow Phil Mickelson to play in this year’s U.S. Open and continue his quest for the career Grand Slam.”

“For Phil not to play to see Amanda speak is absolutely beautiful and shows the kind of caring father and family man he is, but if there is ANY WAY POSSIBLE to move it to the day before, I and MILLIONS of golf fans everywhere would GREATLY appreciate it!”

While there are too many factors in play for the school to change the graduation date, most likely, you have to appreciate the effort of a Phil Phanatic to see Mickelson at Erin Hills.

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  1. TONEY P

    Jun 7, 2017 at 12:52 pm

    This is life as a parent, we all have had to change plans for our kids. Better schedule better next year.

    • Kevin L

      Jun 7, 2017 at 2:58 pm

      This was not a scheduling error on his part. He does not make the academic schedule for his children’s high school…

    • Caroline

      Jun 9, 2017 at 5:10 pm

      Right, kids are only kids a little while, most parents understand the importance of supporting your Children and High School Graduation, for many, is a very big day in their life many seeing it the day they become an adult….and to even think for one minute a Graduation day for one parent could be changed is pure nonsense. Just about every teen I ever knew at 17, 18 knew the date of their GRADUATION FROM HIGH SCHOOL long before the date of some golf tournament….

  2. asugrad1988

    Jun 7, 2017 at 12:06 pm

    I’m just curious. Doesn’t high schools usually announce graduation several months in advance? Phil should have known about the date of the graduation as far back as last fall. Why does he wait until two weeks before the Open to announce that he’s skipping the tournament.

    • Someone

      Jun 7, 2017 at 7:06 pm

      Obviously because things could change. What if due to weather the event was moved to the following week? If he prematurely withdrew, that would have been a mistake. Also, as someone who is trying to get a grand slam, it makes even more sense for him to sign up and wait to cancel. Why automatically eliminate himself from the tournament so far ahead. He also didn’t know if his daughter was going to speak at the graduation until recently more than likely.

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WATCH: PGA Tour players play hole blindfolded and it’s hilarious/amazing

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As part of a Srixon campaign, four PGA Tour players recently participated in a three-hole challenge, with each hole being a different game; hole No. 1 was blindfolded, hole No. 2 was costumes and distractions, and hole No. 3 was alternate shot with a baseball bat. The teams were Smylie Kaufman and Sam Ryder against Shane Lowry and Grayson Murray.

Watch the full video below, since it is quite entertaining (albeit not the type of golf that Old Tom Morris surely had in mind), but in particular, make sure to check out the first hole where Lowry and Ryder play a full hole completely blind folded. It’s amazing to watch how badly Ryder struggles, and how Lowry nearly makes par.

Cleveland-Srixon’s marketing department has been hard at work crafting these viral-esque ad campaigns; if you remember, former long-drive champion Jamie Sadlowski recently dressed as 80-year-old Grandpa Jamie to fool range-goers. That video has since gathered over 1.2 million views on YouTube.

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Think you had a bad weekend on the course? At least you didn’t do this

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We hope this golfer didn’t take the ultra-premium golf equipment plunge before sending his clubs to a watery grave. Either way, this was an expensive (and strangely calm) reaction to a bad round.

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Tiger Woods battles terrifying deep-sea creature, wins

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With four tweets since July 21st, Tiger Woods is exposing himself on social media in a way we haven’t seen.

And with his latest tweet, he’s…exposing himself in a way we haven’t seen.

A shirtless-and-swimsuited Woods appears holding what he purports to be a lobster (but what looks more like a monster of the deep sea).

Nothing like it, indeed.

He’s lucky to have escaped with his life after battling that horrifying crustacean. Spiny lobsters, apparently, don’t have claws, but somehow that doesn’t make them any less terrifying, as they look poised to impale you and carry you off to their reefy lairs.

Not sure how big the beast in Woods grasp actually is, but it pales in comparison to this 14-pound creature from your nightmares.

14_pound_lobster_caught_near_Bermuda_0_48217534_ver1.0_640_480Anyway, Woods has been on something of a grand tour of late it seems, taking in a friendly version of El Clasico in Miami and posing with Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez.

All of this is good to see. It was two months ago that Woods entered rehab following his now-infamous Memorial Day arrest for impaired driving.

What this portends for his future on the golf course is unclear, but you’d assume the 14-time major champion is feeling pretty good if he’s free diving after monsters of the deep.

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