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8:23AM

Newsday (N.Y.): Balky putter causes Phil Mickelson to miss the cut

By Art Spander
Special to Newsday

SAN DIEGO — The Farmers Insurance Open lost its second star in two days when hometown guy Phil Mickelson, putting "beyond pathetic," missed the cut Friday. Tiger Woods withdrew from the PGA Tour event Thursday because of a bad back.

Mickelson, who grew up playing Torrey Pines, shot a par 72 on the easier North Course after a 2-over 74 Thursday on the South, the one on which Woods won the 2008 U.S. Open.

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2:25PM

Bleacher Report: Afternoon Momentum Shift Puts Bewildered Team USA in Trouble at 2014 Ryder Cup

By Art Spander
Featured Columnist

GLENEAGLES, Scotland — It was golf’s version of a Hail Mary pass. Or a bottom of the ninth home run. Or really a kick in the head.

The United States grabbed control in the opening morning of Ryder Cup 2014 and then, stunningly, painfully, lost control in the afternoon.

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9:32PM

Bleacher Report: Star-Studded Battle Brings Unforgettable Drama in 2014 PGA Championship's Finale

By Art Spander
Featured Columnist

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The slogan couldn’t live up to the event.

“This is major,” they advertised. The 2014 PGA Championship, with a leaderboard of unprecedented quality, a race against darkness to reach conclusion and a champion already threatening to become the best ever, was so much more.

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5:03PM

Bleacher Report: Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson Grouping to Be Savored at 2014 PGA Championship

By Art Spander
Featured Columnist

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — They are the major characters in this major championship, the 96th PGA, Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson, at least for a couple days, facing each other and facing the probability they may never pass this way again.

The game is one of personalities, stars, and during the past decade there have been no greater leading men than Woods and Mickelson, in popularity and frequently on the scoreboard.

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9:13AM

Bleacher Report: Will Incredible 62 Ignite Phil Mickelson Heading into 2014 PGA Championship?

By Art Spander
Featured Columnist

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — One round for Phil Mickelson, who must have played 10,000 rounds of golf in his life. Maybe 50,000. One round, but even for a man who’s been there, done that, won majors, won millions, it's a round that could make a difference.

How strange, the PGA Championship, the tournament which carries the reminder "This is major" at the front of the media tent, is being played at a course named after a hall named for slain warriors in Norse mythology, Valhalla. It is on a course with a funeral connotation Mickelson again seeks to find life.

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