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9:57AM

Newsday: Mickelson still has his 2009 mojo going

By Art Spander
Special to Newsday


AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods were paired together for the final round of the 2009 Masters, each seven strokes behind the leader.

Then the two biggest names in golf put on the biggest show in golf. Mickelson shot a 67, Woods a 68.

Thursday, they were in different groups, but they both picked up where they left off, Mickelson with another 67 and Woods another 68.

For both the golf was equally impressive.

Mickelson is tied for second, seemingly with half the field, a shot behind Fred Couples.

"I just felt like we were going to go out and make some noise,'' Mickelson said about 2009, "and we both did.''

And about 2010?

"It's a good start,'' said Mickelson, a two-time Masters champion. "My expectations are high.''

He will be 40 in June and, as has been noted, his wife, Amy, is undergoing treatment for breast cancer. She arrived two days ago from their home north of San Diego but did not feel well enough Thursday to come to Augusta National.

"They are totally different,'' Mickelson said of his 67s separated by 360 days. "Sunday is Sunday. It's just a different feel. Thursday is getting off to a good start. I needed a good, solid round because I've been putting myself behind early in tournaments and been having to almost force things.''

At 1 under par through 12 holes, Mickelson rammed a 6-iron onto the green for his second shot to the 510-yard par-5 13th and sank the 30-foot eagle putt. He followed with a 40-footer for a birdie on the par-4 14th and a 25-footer for a birdie on the par-5 15th, and just like that, he was 5 under.

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9:30AM

RealClearSports: Pebble Beach - Sports Merged with Circus

By Art Spander
For RealClearSports.com


PEBBLE BEACH -- No, Tiger Woods is not here. Next question.

How about something dealing with Tom Brady's wedge game? Or Tony Romo's tee shots? Or Bill Murray's putting?

This is the other side of golf, not exactly the Twilight Zone but then again not too far away.

Read the full story here.

© RealClearSports 2010
8:36AM

Global Golf Post: Grooves Stay on Cutting Edge

By Art Spander
For GlobalGolfPost.com


LA JOLLA, CALIF. -- One thing about the PGA Tour, it doesn't like a lot of bad news about the PGA Tour, self-imposed or not.

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Copyright 2010 Global Golf Post
8:11PM

PGATOUR.com: Mickelson's use of old wedges stirs groove rule debate

By Art Spander
Special to PGATOUR.com


SAN DIEGO -- This is what Phil Mickelson said. That all the clubs in his bag are approved for play. Including the ones some other players say he should not be using, wedges from Ping which if not older than dirt are old enough to create a controversy.

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© 2010 PGA TOUR, Inc.
9:47PM

PGATOUR.com: With Woods gone, Mickelson brings shot in the arm to event

By Art Spander
Special to PGATOUR.com


SAN DIEGO -- This is his town, San Diego, where the waves sweep in and world seems nothing but blue skies and Mexican food. This is the place Phil Mickelson was always The Man, even when he was a boy.

And now, with the absence of the other guy, and is there any reason to mention names, there's a new responsibility for Mickelson as he plays for the first time in 2010.

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© 2010 PGA TOUR, Inc.