Phil Mickelson might cut his schedule down by 25 percent next season

Shane Bacon
September 23, 2013

Phil Mickelson will look back at the 2013 season as a huge success, capturing the one major championship that most didn't think he would ever have a chance to win in the British Open and leaving him just one event short of the career Grand Slam.

Despite that great accomplishment, the 43-year-old said he might cut his schedule down fairly dramatically next season in hopes of playing golf at a high level at every event.

“I had some great highs and I had some lows. I don't play my highest level every single week. I have kind of ups and downs, and I'm a very emotional player,” said Mickelson. "I think that I'm going to have to factor that into some of my scheduling and maybe cut out 25 percent of my events in an effort to play at a high level when I do play because I know that I'm not able to do it 25 weeks a year. Maybe I can do it 18 or 20, though."

As The Golf Channel points out, Mickelson has averaged just over 20 events a season for the past decade, meaning if he was going to really take out a fourth of his starts, we would only see Phil about 15 times in 2014.

That would obviously be a big blow for golf fans who love Mickelson as much as anyone on tour, but it seems like a pretty smart move considering how bad he did play in some of the events in '13.

Phil missed the cut at Bay Hill after coming off a great T-3 finish at the Cadillac Championship, and struggled at Pebble Beach a week after his near-59 in Phoenix.

We saw Steve Stricker make a big scheduling move last season and while Mickelson is just a few years younger than Stricker, his health issues and busy golf schedule might just be too much at this point.