Phil Mickelson prepared to reduce schedule for good of his game

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In an effort to play at his highest level on a more consistent basis, Phil Mickelson said he may cut his tournament schedule by 25 percent.
By T.J. Auclair
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Published: Monday, September 23, 2013 | 2:31 p.m.
In some instances, less is more. 
At this point in his illustrious career, that's apparently how Phil Mickelson is feeling about his tournament scheduling going forward.
"I don't play at my highest level every single week," Mickelson said at the conclusion of Sunday's Tour Championship where he finished in a tie for 12th. "I have kind of ups and downs and I'm a very emotional player."
The 43-year-old Mickelson is coming off a great season, highlighted by three victories, most notably the Open Championship -- his fifth career major win.
Until 2013, Mickelson hadn't had a multiple-win season on the PGA Tour since 2009. 
Even still, he's thinking of making a significant cut to his scheduling -- something that would leave a lot of tournament sponsors and fans disappointed to say the least.
"I am going to have to factor that into some of my scheduling (the fact that he's not playing at his highest level every week) and maybe cut out 25 percent of my events in an effort to play at a high level when I do play," he said. 
For context, since 2007, Mickelson has made starts in 20 events or more on the PGA Tour every year expect 2009 when he made 19 starts.
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T.J. Auclair is a Senior Interactive Producer for and has covered professional golf since 1998, traveling to over 60 major championships. You can follow him on Twitter, @tjauclair.



Like most professional sports, it is a young man's game. Add in the fact that almost every tournament includes a Pro-Am event, sponsors and practice rounds, it can get to a what, 2 or 3 extra rounds of golf in one week?


It is understandable you would want to reduce your schedule. That arthritic condition is very unpredictable and painful. Here's hoping the new schedule will enable you to play well and often.


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It's impossible to play at your highest level when the mind and body are tired.
Good luck on your schedule next year. Have a good President Cup.
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