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Mickelson may reduce schedule by 25 percent

Phil Mickelson
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ATLANTA – Fresh off arguably his most successful year, Phil Mickelson hinted on Sunday at the Tour Championship that he may reduce his playing schedule in the future.

“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,” said Mickelson, who won the Open Championship and Waste Management Phoenix Open this season and has now won at least once every year on Tour for a decade.

“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.”

Mickelson has averaged 20.7 starts over the past 10 seasons, which means if he cuts 25 percent of his starts he would average closer to 15 events, similar to Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker’s schedule.