Phil Mickelson to focus on U.S. Open
Phil Mickelson is sick of finishing second at the U.S. Open, so he will scale back his tournament commitments to go after that elusive prize.
"There is no hiding the fact that winning the U.S. Open would be my career goal, completing the career grand slam," Mickelson said Wednesday before 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 won this year's Open Championship and is a U.S. Open title from becoming the sixth man to win all four majors. He has finished second six times. Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, Ben Hogan, Gene Sarazen and Tiger Woods are the five to win the career slam.
Mickelson has played in at least 20 PGA Tour events in each of the past four years. Woods played in 16 last season, and that was a high number for him.
"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," Mickelson 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."