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Mickelson: 'I want to be an Olympic athlete'

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Coming off a season that featured three wins worldwide, including a British Open title, Phil Mickelson has reason to be optimistic as 2014 approaches.

According to Mickelson, though, his focus is drawn to an event three years down the line.

“Heading into (2014) I’m really excited, but the thing I’m working for is ’16,” the Hall of Famer explained during an interview at a recent Callaway Golf ad shoot. “I want to be an Olympic athlete.”

Already with a pair of top-20 finishes to his credit to start the 2013-14 season, the 43-year-old believes he’ll still be able to compete among the game’s best when golf makes its return to the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.

“It will be a challenge for me to be playing at the highest level when I’m 46 in three years, but right now I’m still one of the top guys in the world,” he noted. “I’m playing some of the best golf I’ve ever played.”

For a man with 42 career PGA Tour titles and five majors on his resumé, the Olympics hold a unique appeal.

“I think it would be really cool. I think it would be a life experience,” Mickelson said of the opportunity to represent the U.S. in Brazil. “It would be something that I never thought would happen because golf’s never been in the Olympics.”

Watch full video of the interview below, with Mickelson’s Olympic comments coming around the 10:30 mark: