Less Lefty
By Torleif Sorenson on 10/24/13
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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[ comments ]
slimpks1850 says:
Less of the 5 wedge magician! Thank you, thank you, thank---ah you.
mustang6560 says:
We're seeing more and more golfers adopt the Tiger Woods approach -- less is more.
Torleif Sorenson says:
If more and more superstar golfers start play fewer and fewer tournaments, I think Tim Finchem will get so many gray hairs that he'll need to schedule more and more trips to his hair colorist.   :-P
brianmk24 says:
i may be in the minority, but I like watching Phil play. He's helped me get a little more imaginative around the greens (since I can't hit them to save my life).

This trend should be good in helping the younger and newer players get more tournament experience.

Tor: More trips to the salon is good for my job so I'm all for it!
mjaber says:
Abrianmk24... I enjoy watching him too... sometimes.

When he's getting off the tee well, Phil is fun to watch. He'll miss greens like everyone else, but it seems like he could chip-in from almost anywhere. When he's wild with his driver, it can get painful, because of the "miracle" shots he will try for. Granted when they work, they are a site to behold, but for every "Off the pinestraw at the Masters", there are at least a dozen "why in the world would he try that?"
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