It’s official! Roberto Diaz was the first alternate on the 117th Ceremony of the U.S. Open in Erin Hills, Wisconsin list and will officially replace Phil Mickelson.

Diaz of Veracruz, Mexico is the highest-ranked Mexican player in the world golf rankings at number 396.  Mickelson officially withdrew Thursday morning in order to attend his daughter Amanda’s graduation in Carlsbad, California. Diaz, 30, will tee off this afternoon, June 15th, 2017 at 2:20PM (CT) alongside Steve Stricker and Stewart Cink.

Diaz graduated from the University of South Carolina-Aiken. This will be Diaz’s first U.S. Open.  When Diaz was asked about his feelings in playing this tournament, he stated, “It would mean the world to play. Most of all, it’s like I’m a 12 year old at Disney. I was walking in for my practice round and I was feeling butterflies, due to my excitement,  just looking at everything. It’s the dream that everybody has as a golfer.”

Roberto Diaz has been training with Greg Norman Champions Golf Academy for several years. Greg Norman Champions Golf Academy provides a variety of programs to meet the needs of top golfers at every stage of their amateur and professional development. With many hours of practice and dedication, Diaz has worked his way up the ladder and as a result, currently plays on the Tour, most of all,  with hopes to get a PGA card soon.

Scott Shobe, Director of Instruction and Tour Player Development at GNCGA said, “That’s fantastic!”, when hearing about Diaz’s official entry to the 2017 U.S. Open. “The GNCGA staff wishes Roberto all the best and good luck this week.” Be sure to follow the leader board for all of the U.S. Open players here.