Mickelson will trim schedule to chase US Open title

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British Open champion Phil Mickelson will begin scaling back his tournament commitments next year in a bid to win an elusive US Open title and complete a rare career grand slam, the American said yesterday.

Crowd-favorite Mickelson, 43, has won five major championships in a brilliant career but has suffered a heart-wrenching six runner-up finishes at the US Open Ñ the missing piece in his grand slam puzzle.

The left-hander completed the third leg of his slam bid in July when he won a first British Open title at Muirfield.

Success at next year's US Open at Pinehurst in North Carolina would make Mickelson the sixth man to win all four majors after South African Gary Player and compatriots Jack Nicklaus, Ben Hogan, Gene Sarazen and current world No. 1 Tiger Woods.

"There is no hiding the fact that winning the US Open would be my career goal and completing the career grand slam," Mickelson said in Kuala Lumpur yesterday on the eve of the PGA Tour's CIMB Classic in Malaysia.

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