"I'll be ready to go on Thursday," he said.
Mickelson is scheduled to tee off for his opening round at 7:11 a.m. Thursday. A spokesman for the 42-year-old golfer said he did not know when Amanda's ceremony was ending and when Mickelson would be able to leave San Diego.
Mickelson played practice rounds at Merion on Monday and Tuesday of last week before heading for Memphis for the FedEx St. Jude Classic. He called Merion "really a wonderful setup . . . the best I've seen.
"I think the reason I like it so much is they've made the hard holes more difficult," he said last week. "They've made them harder, but they did not make the easy holes harder. They gave you birdie opportunities on the easy holes and they made tough pars a little bit harder, which allowed the player that is playing well to separate himself from the field."
Players received a warning about pace of play when they registered for the U.S. Open at Merion, with the notice reading, "Be observant, reach your decision quickly, and execute your shots with promptness and dispatch."
No, it didn't happen this week. The warning was issued for the 1950 U.S. Open, according to the book Miracle at Merion by David Barrett on Ben Hogan's victory.
The note is interesting because on Wednesday, according to the Associated Press, the U.S. Golf Association will announce the start of a comprehensive campaign to wipe out slow play on the recreational level.
Slow play became an issue in the 1949 Open, when the pace of play for a threesome ranged from 3 minutes, 27 seconds to 4:16. Then-USGA executive director Joe Dey called it "just awful, [it] didn't make any sense," and feared that slow play was ruining the game's popularity.
The unlucky Northeast
Mother Nature has not been very kind to the Northeast in recent years during U.S. Open week.
The 2009 Open at Bethpage Black on Long Island suffered numerous rain delays and finished the regulation 72 holes on Monday afternoon. Two years later, Congressional near Washington played long and wet from constant rain and Rory McIlroy set two championship scoring records - 16-under par and a 268 total.
This week, Merion endured heavy rain last Friday and Monday, and may see significant rain again during Thursday's opening round.
"The East Coast has been battered these last U.S. Opens," said Graeme McDowell, the 2010 Open champion at Pebble Beach. "It is what it is this time of the year in the Northeast. It's tough. I feel for everyone involved this week.
"I played this golf course 12 months ago and it was phenomenal, ready to go. I played it last Wednesday, it's phenomenal and ready to go. Then we get here and it's disappointing."
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