Golf: Mickelson faces huge task to seal sweep of Majors, says legend Gary Player

Phil Mickelson (above) of the US smiles as he holds the Claret Jug after winning the British Open golf championship at Muirfield in Scotland on July 21, 2013. Nine-times major champion Gary Player believes Mickelson faces a "monumental task" to achie
Phil Mickelson (above) of the US smiles as he holds the Claret Jug after winning the British Open golf championship at Muirfield in Scotland on July 21, 2013. Nine-times major champion Gary Player believes Mickelson faces a "monumental task" to achieve a clean sweep of major wins and said it would be "eating him alive" if he was perennial nearly-man Lee Westwood. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON (REUTERS) - Nine-times major champion Gary Player believes Phil Mickelson faces a "monumental task" to achieve a clean sweep of major wins and said it would be "eating him alive" if he was perennial nearly-man Lee Westwood.

Mickelson, who became only the second left-hander to win the British Open when he triumphed at Muirfield on Sunday, has set his sights on joining Player, Gene Sarazen, Ben Hogan, Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods by landing the full set of all four of golf's top prizes.

The 43-year-old American has five majors to his name, having also captured three US Masters crowns and one US PGA Championship, and needs a first win in the US Open to complete a career sweep.

"That is going to be the biggest challenge of all the majors for him," South African Player told the BBC. "Because he is not a good driver and when you play the U.S. Open you will have to use your driver.

"This is a monumental task for him but he has got that thing called 'it', which the majority of people don't have. I think he will probably win it."