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Mickelson Targets 2016 Olympics

Phil Mickelson has spoken of his desire to play at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.

The 46-year-old wants to enter the Olympic Games despite nearing the end of his career when the event rolls around.

The Olympic Games and golf have been separated for some time, with the last appearance from the sport being in 1904, and Mickelson knows he would be part of history should he make it to the Games.

The top 15 players in the world will be automatically entered into the event regardless of nationality, and they will be joined by the next 45 in the rankings from countries that do not already have two representatives.

Old Lefty has won five majors already in his illustrious career, appearing for the US in nine Ryder Cups, ten President’s Cups, two Walker Cups, the Alfred Dunhill Cup, the Eisenhower Trophy and the World Cup; but now he’s relishing the possibility of becoming an Olympian.

"To become an Olympic athlete, especially at the age of 46, would be an incredible experience," said the World No.4.

He added: "But I think that would be a great accomplishment in anyone's career, and it's our first opportunity as professional golfers.

"So in 2015, 2016, I envision myself going at it pretty hard to make that push to make the Olympic team. I think that that would be really a life experience that I would cherish."