Mickelson tips McIlroy to succeed in 2014

Phil Mickelson has tipped Rory McIlroy to be the standout player in 2014 – but the American vows to be a road block for the rejuvenated Northern Irishman.

Mickelson has lamented his desire to achieve victory at the US Open so he can finally complete a major grand slam this season and believes great things will be coming his way as long as he maintains confidence and belief in his ability.

"Well, want and get are two different things," Mickelson said of McIlroy seeking glory. He added: "I think he's going to have a great year, I really do. I think that he's too talented to have another year like last year. You saw glimpses of his game being sharp with his win in Australia in December and I think he's going to have a great year.

"We all have highs and lows. We all have good years and years that are not up to our expectations and usually that makes us more determined, which is what I see out of him."

McIlroy has laid some of the blame for the poor form which plagued him throughout 2013 on personal quests, including his recent engagement to tennis ace Caroline Wozniaki. He said: "It was a distraction. You're thinking of other things when you really shouldn't have to. But it's the last year I'm ever going to have to go through something like that.

"I've learned from it and I'm smarter because of it. It's great that I've gone through it at this stage in my career and not 15 years down the line.

"There was loads of stuff going on around me and that didn't let me focus 100 per cent on what I needed to do. This year is the polar opposite. Everything just seems to have fallen into place nicely and I can just go out there and focus on my golf."

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