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Mickelson to cut schedule, eyes Olympics push

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Open champion Phil Mickelson is eyeing a spot at the 2016 Olympics © AP
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As Phil Mickelson begins to shape his schedule for the upcoming year, he hinted on Friday at dropping some tournaments after the 2014 major season concludes.

Speaking on Golf Channel's Morning Drive, Mickelson noted that his game has trended downward later in the year. To overcome the late-season slide, he said leaving off one or more of those post-PGA Championship events - he specifically mentioned the FedEx Cup play-offs, the Ryder Cup or Presidents Cup depending on the year, and overseas World Golf Championship events - is a possibility.

"Those events, to me, are going to have to take a backseat because I physically just wasn't able and mentally wasn't able to perform at the level I expect," said Mickelson, who will start his 2014 campaign January 16-19 in Abu Dhabi instead of his traditional California opening.

He is expected to begin his PGA Tour season at Torrey Pines the following week.

Mickelson also said on Friday that making the 2016 U.S. Olympic team is on his radar.

"To become an Olympic athlete, especially at the age of 46, would be an incredible experience," he said. "But I think that would be a great accomplishment in anyone's career, and it's our first opportunity as professional golfers.

"So in 2015, 2016, I envision myself going at it pretty hard to make that push to make the Olympic team. I think that that would be really a life experience that I would cherish."

Golf returns as an Olympic sport in Brazil for the 2016 Games for the first time since 1904.

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