By Torleif Sorenson on 10/25/13
As reported by Golf Channel's Will Gray, Phil Mickelson plans to cut back his playing schedule in 2014. The idea is to have his game peak for the U.S. Open Championship next June at Pinehurst.
And who can blame him?
"There is no hiding the fact that winning the U.S. Open would be my career goal and completing the career Grand Slam. That is the final leg that I have and I'll be putting most of my focus into winning the U.S. Open."Lefty is 43 years old and won the 2013 Open Championship. His other major victories are three Masters Tournaments (2004, 2006, 2010) and the 2005 PGA. This year, he started 21 events. But next year, will he skip Jack Nicklaus's Memorial Tournament (May 29-June 1) in order to play in Memphis the week before the U.S. Open?
"I just don't know how it is going to play out right now," he told reporters in Malaysia. "I know that I am going to start cutting a certain percentage of events next year and I'm not sure which ones those will be."Given that he took a calculated risk in playing — and winning — the Scottish Open the week before the Open Championship, it is safe for us to assume that he will carefully pick and choose which events he'll play leading up to the U.S. Open. And here's one golf writer who refuses to bet against him.
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