Good for Phil.
Phil Mickelson, widely regarded as the second-best golfer on the planet, finally is taking a page from Tiger Woods’ book and reducing his schedule in an attempt to focus on the majors.
“There is no hiding the fact that winning the U.S. Open would be my career goal and completing the career grand slam,” Mickelson told reporters in Kuala Lumpur on Wednesday prior to the PGA Tour’s CIMB Classic in Malaysia.
“That is the final leg that I have and I’ll be putting most of my focus into winning the U.S. Open.”
Mickelson, 43, has five majors to Woods’ 14. Mickelson arguably has as much talent as Woods, but because Mickelson has been married with kids for the majority of his career, he hasn’t focused solely on winning majors. A majority of Woods’ victories come on courses he is very familiar with. Woods typically plays in 12-16 Tour events each season and spends the rest of his golfing time practicing and playing the courses that will be used for the majors in order to learn the course and greens.
Mickelson’s schedule in the past normally included 20 or more PGA Tour events.
“I want to give myself opportunities to play and compete in the big tournaments, mainly saying, the majors and I’m putting less importance on other events,” he said.
“My whole purpose and focus will be… participating in certain tournaments that will help me play well in those majors, so a tournament that is taking place two months prior or after a major championship that has no impact on my ability to perform well in a major, those are tournaments that I won’t put as much importance on.
“I just don’t know how it is going to play out right now. 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.”