Phil Mickelson admits US Open victory was top of his agenda in 2014

Last Updated: 14/01/14 10:15am

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Phil Mickelson: Desperate to win US Open at Pinehurst in the summer

Phil Mickelson: Desperate to win US Open at Pinehurst in the summer

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Phil Mickelson admitted a US Open victory was top of his agenda in 2014, but the world No 5 also revealed that wrestling the Ryder Cup back from Europe is vital for the good of the biennial event.

A triumph at Pinehurst, North Carolina in June would complete a career grand slam for the Californian, who will remember 2013 for the brilliant triumph in the Open at Muirfield.

Only Gene Sarazen, Ben Hogan, Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods have won all four major championships and the 43-year-old has finished second a record six times in the event, including last year to Justin Rose and in 1999 at this year's venue of Pinehurst, but is fully confident he will eventually get over the line.

"I do believe that I'll win a US Open," said Mickelson ahead of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship, which gets under way on Thursday.

"I don't know it's at Pinehurst this year, very well could be, or in the future.

"But I play well in that tournament too often to not believe or be confident in my ability to close that tournament out."

Mickelson also has a less than stellar record in the Ryder Cup, making nine appearances since 1995 but tasting victory just twice, at Brookline in 1999 and Valhalla in 2008.

His partnership with Keegan Bradley was instrumental in the United States building a 10-6 lead at Medinah in 2012, only for Europe to stage a remarkable fightback to claim a seventh win in the last nine contests.

Mickelson, who lost to Rose in the singles in Chicago, said: "To be part of a winning team at Gleneagles would be really special. I thought we had this last one and let it slide, a four-point lead we let get away.

"I think if we were able to come out on top that week, it would be something really good, not just for the United States, but also the tournament in general because we have not been faring well in that event."

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