Phil Mickelson: "I want to be a 46-year-old Olympian"

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Phil Mickelson admits to having a dreadful 2014 campaign but the world number ten is currently looking forward to something much greater in the future, the opportunity to compete in the Olympics.

Mickelson is currently running the risk of finishing a calendar year without a competition win which would be only the 4th time that has happened in his illustrious golfing career, he admits that 2014 has been a bust for him.

However his real priority is the possibility of representing his country at the Olympics and he has stated that he wants to be a "46-year-old Olympian."

Disappointing campaign

He is focusing on 2015/2016 for a revival in his fortunes and is desperate to be ready by January to make that turn around.

Mickelson has been severely disappointed with his form as of late and even a first win of 2014 wouldn't make up for the season he has had, he explained: ""I don't even know if that would do it because it hasn't been a great year and I'm O.K. with that,"

The left-hander ran the current world number one Rory McIlroy all the way at the PGA Championship but had to settle for second place and watch the young Northern Irishman pick up his second major of the summer.

Looking forward 

Mickelson then pointed to the future and spoke about what has him excited: "'I'm actually more looking forward to 2015 and after these next few events, after the Ryder Cup, I'll probably take the rest of the year off, work on my fitness, work on my golf game and really focus on 2015 because 2015 is when the points start accumulating really for the Olympics,

He continued: "I don't know why that's important to me but it is. I want to be a 46-year-old Olympian. I think that would be pretty cool. So 2015 and 2016 are years I want to really focus on and I want to make sure I'm ready come January."

Currently in his mid-40's, Mickelson may require some extra motivation outside of the regular intervals of Majors throughout the year, the Olympics introducing Golf has became a breathe of fresh air for the sport which looks to thrive in its new competition in the coming years.

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