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Phil Mickelson eyes 2016 Olympics

November 19, 2013

Phil Mickelson, coming off a season in which he captured the Open Championship at Muirfield, let the world in on a little secret: He wants to compete in the Olympics.

Golf will return to the Olympics for the first time in 112 years in the 2016 Games at Rio de Janeiro. The last time it was an Olympic sport was in the 1904 Games at St. Louis, where the United States won the team gold medal and George Lyon of Canada claimed the individual gold.

"Heading into (2014), I'm really excited, but the thing I'm working for is '16," said Mickelson, who represented the United States 10 times in the Presidents Cup, nine times in the Ryder Cup, in the 1996 Alfred Dunhill Cup and in the 2002 World Cup. "I want to be an Olympic athlete.

"It will be a challenge for me to be playing at the highest level when I'm 46 in three years, but right now I'm still one of the top guys in the world. I'm playing some of the best golf I've ever played."

As an amateur, Mickelson wore the Red, White and Blue at the 1989 and 1991 Walker Cups, and in the 1990 Eisenhower Trophy competition. He is the second-highest ranked American at No. 4 in the World Golf Rankings.

The top 15 players in the rankings among men and women will be eligible to play in Rio, regardless of country, and the next 45 players will be selected from the rankings to represent countries that do not already have two representatives.

Tiger Woods, who regained the No. 1 ranking last season, also has expressed an interest in the Olympics. He will be 40 in 2016.






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