Phil Mickelson possibly to reduce schedule by 25% next season #SteveStrickerStyle

Straight from the saw-this-coming department, Phil Mickelson hinted over the weekend at the Tour Championship that he may reduce his schedule by 25% next season.  Phil has averaged just shy of 21 starts the past 10 seasons, so if he actually does cut it by a quarter he’d be down to the 16ish Steve Stricker and Tiger Woods range.  

The comments come from Phil following a very successful season in which he won twice, including his boat-racing up the big yellow leaderboard win at the British Open, and posted seven total top 6s.  The 43-year-old Mickelson suffers from rheumatoid arthritis and of course is a publicly well known devoted family man.

Phil was quoted at East Lake as saying, “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….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.”

Less Phil is definitely a bad thing for the PGA Tour, but certainly he’ll still play the majors, WGC events and other favorite stops like the Waste Management Phoenix Open (although I wouldn’t be surprised to see him skip at least one FedEx Cup Playoff event next season).  For the sake of  his aging body and ever-waning attention span, this very well could be a great move for his overall game, with all the focus on Augusta next season (I’m still holding to my prediction that he’ll add a fourth green jacket by his career’s end).

On that note, is it April yet?

Joel Harrington

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