World No. 1 golfer Tiger Woods, when asked recently about Phil Mickelson’s decision to participate in fewer tournaments in 2014, said he sympathizes with golfers who want to find ways of remaining fresh and healthy in the face of the PGA Tour’s demanding schedule.
Woods used Steve Stricker as an example of a golfer who took strategic breaks from play in 2013:
Steve cut back his schedule this year and had his best year just because he felt he was more mentally fresh and I think that’s pretty important.
It’s tougher nowadays especially with our playoff system and with the European Tour and their playoff system (the Final Series) and their minimum number of events have increased. A guy has to play a lot more events around the world and it is very hard to stay fresh (Reuters).
Mickelson has not yet revealed which tournaments he’ll be forgoing in 2014, and Woods did not indicate if he personally would be following in Mickelson’s footsteps.