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Mickelson Cutting Down 2014 Schedule
Phil Mickelson will be reducing his playing schedule in 2014 as he attempts to win a US Open title that has so far eluded him in his career.
Mickelson has finished as runner-up at the US Open six times but needs a victory in order to complete a rare career grand slam.
The 43-year-old would become the sixth player to achieve this mountainous task should he win at Pinehurst next year, following in the footsteps of greats such as Jack Nicklaus, Gene Sarazen, Ben Hogan, Gary Player and Tiger Woods.
Speaking ahead of this weekend’s CIMB Classic in Malaysia, Mickelson said: "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."
But with Mickelson intent on joining the elite club of six he will inevitably have to cut down on his playing schedule in other tournaments, a tough pill for fans of the American’s to swallow.
The left-handed maestro is yet to divulge which events he will be skipping next year, he has hinted that the CIMB Classic could be one of those on his list.
"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."