Phil Mickelson, as we know, doesn’t plan on playing in the U.S. Open at Erin Hills. Instead, he’ll be attending his daughter’s high school graduation, which coincides with the first round of play.
Mickelson hasn’t officially pulled his name from consideration, allowing for some act of God to change the situation in his favor—something like the first round of play being rained out.
Well, one PGA pro from Arizona wants to make sure all options are exhausted before seeing the left-hander riding the pine for the season’s second major.
Derek Deminsky took to Change.org to develop a “change the date” petition imploring Mickelson’s daughter’s school to bump up the date of its commencement so Phil can play.
It’s a noble, no-stone-left-unturned effort. Deminsky 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!”
Now, this petition likely won’t come to anything. One can imagine Phil’s daughter’s place of education is filled with a lot of other, how do you say, rich kids with busy and important parents who would make a stink about changing the date for one man’s career grand slam dreams.
But you have to appreciate the effort. Also, boss move by Deminsky including the name of his golf school, Golf Better Tucson, in the signature. If nothing else, with stories like this one being written across the internet, the petition amounts to a massive bit of free publicity for Deminsky and his school. Well, played, sir, and way to leverage the power of the internet.
Deminsky originally was looking for just 200 signatures. As of this morning, he was short of that mark. But with the increased publicity, he’s now well on his way to collecting 500. If you’re a Phil fan, you have to be excited to sit back and watch how many people add their names to the roster (after signing it yourself, of course).
Oh, and remember, if you’d like to add your voice to the chorus, you can sign the petition here.