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Fate busy late in the season

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Fate remains undefeated this fall. First the old girl gave us Tiger Woods vs. Phil Mickelson at the Tour Championship and we walked away with the impossible – co-winners. Now good fortune has delivered a Tiger-Phil Part Deux at the WGC-HSBC Champions in China.

It’s the first time Nos. 1 and 2 have gone head-to-head in the final group on Sunday since that electric finale at Doral in 2005, which, for the record, was won by Woods.

It’s not that we don’t appreciate the late-season pyrotechnics, but fate may want to save some of that magic for 2010. It is something of a contract year for the Tour, sponsorship wise, and it never hurts to deliver at the deadline. Just ask Yankees slugger Hideki Matsui.