Phil Mickelson has confidently asserted he will win the U.S. Open at some point in his career despite suffering a loss of form in 2014 that has seen him fail to record a single top-10 on the PGA Tour so far.
The 43-year-old five-time major winner has also set his sights on making the 2016 US team for the Olympics, and possibly even the 2020 Games.
Speaking to ESPN, Mickelson said: "I'm going to win a bunch of tournaments. I'm going to win at least one U.S. Open, maybe two. And I'm going to make the 2016 Olympic team. And really, I'd love to make the 2020 Olympic team. I'd be 50. How cool would that be?"
A victory in the U.S. Open would be the icing on the cake of a stellar career for the San Diego-born Arizona State University graduate, following his British Open victory at Muirfield last year that left him one major short of completing the career Grand Slam.
Mickelson has finished runner-up at his home Open a record six times, including at Merion last year where England's Justin Rose secured his maiden major title.
But despite being the wrong side of 40 for a professional golfer, the American is confident he will produce his best stuff in the years to come because his swings is not as fierce as some of his opponents.
"My body isn't beat up like a lot of guys. My swing isn't like Tiger's, or Jason Day's, Dustin Johnson's, even Hunter Mahan's. I don't have a really fast golf swing that has a lot of viciousness, a lot of fierceness, where the torque and power that's released is hard on the knees, or the back.
"My swing is big and long and has a wide, wide arc. That doesn't put any pressure on my body. I'm like a kicker in the NFL. I'm not beat up. I can keep playing at a high level for a long time."
Despite his assertions, Mickelson has struggled on Tour this year. He missed his first ever cut at Augusta, where he has won three times, and has not managed to shoot a score enough for a top-10 finish at season. He also missed the cut at the Players Championship two weeks ago.
But Mickelson is well known for his optimistic view on everything life throws at him: "I can't remember the last time I felt this good. It doesn't even feel like I've got the arthritis. And because of my diet, I've reduced my meds to one-third of what I had at first. I've lost 20-plus pounds."
In true Mickelson style, he added: "The next five years are going to be the best of my career."
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