Father Time may be catching up with one of the best golfers in the world. Phil Mickelson is one of the elder statesmen on the PGA Tour and, as such, he may reduce his schedule next year. Lefty has averaged over 20 starts a year over the last 10 seasons, which is a staggering number considering players like Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker only average about 15 starts per season.
Mickelson realizes that he is no longer able to perform at the level to which he is accustomed every week, so he is contemplating lightening his schedule in an attempt to maintain top form every time he tees it up. “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,” he said.
“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.” Cutting out a handful of events will also allow him to spend more time at home with his family, which is something I’m sure he will relish.
He made the cut in 18 of the 21 events he entered on the Tour this year. Of those 18 made cuts, seven resulted in top-10 finishes, including two victories. One of his wins was a major – the Open Championship. That’s not too shabby for a 43-year old with psoriatic arthritis. Heck, that’s an impressive year for anyone.
It will be interesting to see what comes from this, should Mickelson actually follow through and cut down the number of events he plays. Will we see a more consistent Mickelson? If so, that could spell trouble for the rest of the competition.