Tiger Woods backs Mickelson move to cut heavy schedule

Tiger Woods backs Mickelson move to cut heavy schedule

BELEK, Turkey - Tiger Woods has backed fellow American Phil Mickelson's decision to cut his schedule in 2014, saying the sheer number of tournaments these days means the top players have to pick and choose where they go.

British Open champion Mickelson announced last week that he would be scaling down his appearances next year.

The five-times major winner did not indicate which events he would miss but his comments suggested the US PGA Tour's money-spinning FedExCup playoff series might be on the chopping block.

"I don't blame him (for cutting down), I don't blame him at all," world number one Woods told Reuters in an interview ahead of his participation in this week's inaugural Turkish Airlines Open in the south western city of Antalya.

"I don't know what he's going to cut down, we have 15 tournaments as a minimum for voting membership (on the US Tour).

"But I just think it's important to be fresh, it's important to be ready for the major championships, the World Golf Championships, the Players Championship," added Woods.

The 14-times major winner said that even when the four majors are over for the season, players still have the FedExCup to support in August and September.

"With the FedExCup at the end of the year I can see where guys are taking breaks," said Woods. "Some of the top Europeans are playing right now in this stretch through the Race to Dubai (finale) and then going down to South Africa.

"You need to find blocks of your time for your off season. Everybody has different times when they like to take the off season so you've just got to figure out what's best for you."

This week's event in Turkey and the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai that follows bring an end to the 2012-13 European Tour campaign.

However, no sooner does the curtain go down on one year than it almost immediately rises again to herald the start of the 2013-14 season with the South African Open in Gauteng on Nov. 21.

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