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Mickelson believes he'll 'win a couple' U.S. Opens

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SAN DIEGO – Perhaps more than any other player, it feels as though Phil Mickelson’s 2014 season will boil down to a single tournament, one that remains five months away.

Rather than deflect questions about his quest for the trophy that has eluded him most, Mickelson has opted to embrace the challenge as he sets his sights on winning the U.S. Open.

“I love the fact that I have one tournament to go, that I have one to get that career Grand Slam. I’m not going to hide from it,” said Mickelson, who last year finished a runner-up in the season’s second major for the sixth time in his career. “It’s pretty obvious that would be a career goal of mine to win the career Grand Slam, and the U.S. Open is the final link.”

Speaking Wednesday in advance of the Farmers Insurance Open, Mickelson admitted that his aspirations exceed simply completing the fourth leg of the career Slam.

“I feel like it’s just a matter of time,” noted Mickelson. “It’s a tournament I’ve played too well in over the years not to finally win, and I actually believe I’ll win a couple.”

While Mickelson hopes to end his notable drought this year at Pinehurst No. 2, the five-time major winner isn’t exactly turning the second week of June into a make-or-break scenario, despite the fact that he will turn 44 years old the day after the final round in North Carolina.

“It may be this year at Pinehurst, it may not, but I do believe that it will come,” he added. “I’m not putting it all on one week.”