Why Phil Mickelson is pro sports' Father of the Year

Alex Myers discusses the pros and cons of Phil Mickelson's decision to skip the U.S. Open to attend his daughter's high school graduation.

Released on 6/5/2017

Transcript

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So Phil Mickelson announced
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he plans to skip the 2017 U.S. Open
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to attend his daughter's high-school graduation.
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It's a decision that makes him a shoo-in
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for pro-sports' Father of the Year award.
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But is he making the right choice?
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Let's look at the pros and cons.
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Pro: Your kid only graduates from high-school once.
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Con: There's always college graduation.
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Pro: Phil's daughter is giving the commencement speech.
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Con: Phil would get to make a speech himself
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if he won the U.S. Open.
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Pro: Phil doesn't have to worry about losing the U.S. Open
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in heartbreaking fashion for a seventh time.
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Con: This won't keep Phil from worrying about
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if he's ever going to win the tournament.
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Pro: Phil doesn't have to beat himself up
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on a grueling golf course.
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Did you see that picture of the rough?
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Con: Graduation ceremonies are pretty grueling themselves
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especially when they're outdoors.
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Oh right, it's in Carlsbad.
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Yes, Mom, I know I should come visit you there more
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because the weather is so perfect.
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And finally, Pro:
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You know the tournament ends on Father's Day, right?
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Better have a box of tissues handy for the final round
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because Phil's choice is home run
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in terms of goodwill with his family and good P.R.
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Con: But what about the career grand slam?
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Add it all up and we give Phil Mickelson's decision
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the Phil Mickelson seal of approval.
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Of course, the situation could be avoided
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if Pacific Ridge school just moved up it's graduation
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by one day, just saying.
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But seriously,
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good luck on that commencement speech, Amanda.
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