No, Phil Mickelson didn't finally take first place at the US Open golf tournament. He never has and finished just below in second place for a record 6th time. Even so, the title isn't a typo, like the 1948 "Dewey Defeats Truman" mistake. Mickelson won before the US Open started. He won in life, by deciding to forego practice rounds at the course and instead attend his daughter's 8th grade graduation. While other players arrived days in advance, the decision to attend a family event had Phil flying in to arrive at the tournament site just 90 minutes before his tee time. What a class act! 

After watching some of the tournament, I thought about writing about Rory McIlroy. I was going to use the title "Miserable Millionaires," or "Poor Sports." He bent his club on purpose after an errant shot, which got me thinking about a blog post about athletes not appreciating their many benefits in life and failing to be role models. We have had enough focus on the topic of folks who have more than everything and still don't feel like it is enough. So, now that I got that out of my system, let's get back to Phil Mickelson. 

Phil had the best round on the first day of the tournament and contended right to the end. In my opinion, this was due in  part because arrived with a clear conscience. Putting his daughter first probably served him better than a few days of practice. Phil decided that his little girl was worth the risk of losing a major golf tournament. Since he acted on his principles, he came to the tournament guilt free. 

It would have made for a poetic finish if, on Father's Day, Phil finished one place higher and snatched a victory after 5 close calls at the US Open. He didn't. Mickelson set a record for second place finishes at the big event. There were grumpy millionaires who felt like losers at the tournament just because they missed out on the trophy. Phil Mickelson, on the other hand, is a winner. He doesn't need a US Open trophy to prove it. 
 


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