Phil Mickelson is playing in Malaysia this week and China next week but he said again Wednesday that he intends to trim his playing schedule starting next year.
Mickelson made a similar statement at the Tour Championship in Atlanta and reiterated it prior to the CIMB Classic in Kuala Lumpur.
“I’m not sure exactly how the schedule is going to play out this next year,” Mickelson said in a press conference. “I just feel as I look back on my career there are certain tournaments that change the way I view my career and winning the British Open did that for me this year.
“I want to give myself opportunities to play and compete in the big tournaments, mainly saying the majors, and I’m putting less importance on other events. So my whole purpose and focus will be gearing up, participating in certain tournaments that will help me play well in those majors.
“So, a tournament that is taking place two months prior or after a major championship that has no impact on my ability to perform well in a major, those are tournaments that I won’t put as much emphasis on.”
Mickelson didn’t specify which events he intends to drop from his schedule. He played 21 PGA Tour events in the 2013 season.
Mickelson said winning the U.S. Open — the only one of the four majors he has not won — will be his primary focus.