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FARMINGDALE, N.Y. -- The final round of the U.S. Open always falls on Fathers Day, but this year it marks another celebratory day, at least for one man.
 
Phil Mickelson turns 32 Sunday, and you can imagine what he wants for a present.
 
Its a very emotional time of the year and emotional tournament and something that seems to have a lot of memories all tied into one event, said the father of two girls. So it would be very special to breakthrough and win (my first major) on that Sunday that Ive been trying to win on for many years.
 

Lifes Not Fair, but What About the U.S. Open
 
Two-time U.S. Open champion Lee Janzen said that he expects nothing to be fair at a U.S. Open. Davis Love III thinks thats a pretty fair statement.
 
The only way to keep us from shooting under par is to make it ridiculously hard, Love said. To keep (scores) from being red numbers, you have to do something like they did this week ' put us out there on an extremely long golf course with extremely deep rough, and hope that it doesnt rain.
 
So it has to get to the point of unfair, yeah, to keep us from shooting under par.
 
And how hard will this years Open be?
 
We have got length, accuracy, mega-thick rough. Youve got bunkers that are eight-feet deep and youve got super fast greens, and now (the wind) is blowing. Apart from that its dead easy, said Nick Faldo.
 
It did rain Wednesday afternoon, and showers are in the forecast Thursday and Friday.
 

Snap, Crackle, Pop
 
Tiger Woods ended his practice session Wednesday with a bad break. While hitting range balls, his 3-wood snapped just above the hosel. The broken club was taken to the equipment trailer to get a new shaft.
 
Woods played only nine holes Wednesday morning before heading to the practice range. He is expected to use his 3-wood extensively throughout the week, even though the par-70 Black Course measures a U.S. Open record 7,214 yards.
 
Woods said he might hit driver only four or five times per round. Instead, he will more often use a 3-wood or 2-iron off the tee to keep the ball in the fairway and out of the penal rough.
 

Tones of Home
 
Chris DiMarco was born on Long Island in Huntington, but moved when he was seven years old. He made a return trip to his roots Monday with his wife and kids.
 
We drove down the block where I used to live and all of those overwhelming memories came back: Remember riding my bike here; we drove up the block and went to the church; and I remember thats where I learned to ride my bike in that parking lot; and I used to climb that tree, he recalled.
 
My kids eyes were wide open and my wife was loving it because she was getting the nostalgia, the whole thing. It was pretty cool.
 
Of course, his return has brought old friends out of the woodworks.
 
Ive met a lot of people ' Hey, I used to baby-sit you. Yeah, okay, whatever you say ' 28 years ago, I dont remember, he joked.
 
I know theres a lot of people that probably, if I was not playing golf, would not remember me.
 

9/11 Remembered
 
The United States Golf Association handed over the keys Wednesday to a new ambulance it bought with donations from members and volunteers to the Fire Department of New York.
 
It marked the third time the USGA has donated such an emergency vehicle. They did so to the town of St. Andrews in Scotland, and one for Pearl Harbor, both during World War II.
 
The USGA also held a ceremony Wednesday in which a firefighter donated a golf ball he found in the rubble at Ground Zero to the USGA museum.
 
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