Phil Mickelson on Age: ‘There Is Nothing I Can’t Do Now’

January 29, 2016

Phil Mickelson says “age is just a number.”

Lefty is 45 and has 42 PGA Tour victories and five major titles under his belt, but he isn’t ready to stop playing golf at the highest level.

“There is nothing I can’t do now that I could do when I was in my 30s,” Mickelson told ESPN’s Bob Harig on Thurday. “I’m in better shape than I was five years ago. I eat better. I work out better. I feel better. I wake up and feel better. In my case, I feel like age is just a number.”

Mickelson went even further, suggesting that his wealth of experience gives him an advantage over all the twenty-somethings crowding the top of golf’s World Ranking in recent years.

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“I’ve hit so many millions of golf balls over the years that there’s never a shot I’ll have to hit for the first time,” Mickelson said. “All those shots I’ve hit in the past now should make it easier to play and perform at higher level today.”

Mickelson hasn’t won since capturing the 2013 Open Championship at Muirfield, the longest winless stretch of his career, but Mickelson has an answer for that too.

“The problem I’ve had is my fundamentals in my golf game have not been allowing me to play the way I believe I can play,” Mickelson said. “It’s not an age thing.”

With a new coach by his side and a strong start at the CareerBuilder Challenge earlier this month, Mickelson could be proving himself right.