Phil Mickelson said Wednesday he plans to scale back his tournament schedule to narrow his focus on winning the 2014 U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2.
“There is no hiding the fact that winning the U.S. Open would be my career goal, completing the career grand slam,” Mickelson said before the PGA Tour’s CIMB Classic in Malaysia.
Mickelson has finished as the U.S. Open runner-up six times – famously finishing a shot back of Payne Stewart to place second for the first time in 1999. After winning the Open Championship in July, Mickelson is aiming to become only the sixth player in history to complete the career Grand Slam.
His first chance to etch his name further into history comes at Donald Ross’s famed Pinehurst No. 2 in June 2014. Pinehurst will add to its storied history itself when it hosts the men’s and women’s U.S. Opens in consecutive weeks.
“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.
Mickelson appeared in 20 tournaments last season. For comparison, Tiger Woods, who typically approaches a season focused heavily on performing in major championships, competed in 16 tournaments.
Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, Ben Hogan, Gene Sarazen andWoods are the five to win the career slam.