Phil Mickelson will likely cut down 2014 schedule

We might not be seeing as much of Phil Mickelson in the near future. (USATSI)
We might not be seeing as much of Phil Mickelson in the near future. (USATSI)

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Phil Mickelson is apparently about to be on the Steve Stricker schedule.

After the Tour Championship on Sunday Mickelson noted that his days of playing 20+ tournaments every year might be in the rearview mirror.

"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."

Not sure about Mickelson's on-the-spot math here but he only played 21 events this year so if he cuts out 25 percent, he'll be well under "18 or 20."

Lefty, as you know, is known for his brazen statements but I think this one has some merit. He's a notoriously soft closer during the PGA Tour season and one only has to look at his August and September record from the last three years to know that.

2013 August and September -- six tournaments, one top 10.
2012 August and September -- six tournaments, two top 10s.
2011 August and September -- six tournaments, two top 10s.

I think some pace would do Mickelson some good and hey, if Stricker is any indication (the man had eight top 10s in 13 events!) maybe more guys will try it, too.

h/t Devil Ball golf

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