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Jason Sobel - January 20, 2012

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On GolfChannel.com, Sobel wrote a column on some interesting facts in the PGA TOUR bios of some of the 2012 rookies. There are some pretty good facts this year especially after the past few years where there seemed to be a real lack of creativity. For example, Brian Harman said that his favorite gadget is “firearms.” J.J. Killeen played freshman football in high school, Erik Compton is a dual citizen of the U.S. and Norway, John Huh’s favorite band is a girl group, Bud Cauley said his dream foursome would include Jack Nicklaus, Carrie Underwood, and Megan Fox, Will Claxton likes to visit Rochester, New York, Brendon Todd’s favorite athletes are whoever is on his fantasy football team, Gary Christian wears light blue on Sundays because it matches his eyes for post-round photos, and Billy Hurley III said his favorite food was his wife’s cooking. Sobel’s first job involved selling t-shirts in a store for tourists at a vacation spot during one summer. Sobel will also be a part of Grey Goose 19th Hole which will be on Thursdays and Fridays every week this year at Midnight ET and 9PM on the West Coast. He was part of a rehearsal for the show this week which will make its season premiere next week on Golf Channel.

Phil Mickelson struggled with a 74 in his first round of 2012 on Thursday in the Humana Challenge where he had a little bit of everything. He is not too worried about Phil in his second round today and thinks that he could bounce back. Phil would love to win this week but the fact is that he did not play practice rounds on site this week which suggests that Phil is using this week as a tune up for the future. It is amazing that his playing partner David Toms beat him by 11 shots in the first round.

Sobel was surprised that Tiger Woods came out publicly with some very negative comments against Hank Haney in regards to the book that will be released later this year. Over the years, Tiger has proven himself to be the ultimate fence sitter and the fact that he came out as publicly as he did may suggest a new Tiger where he is more likely to make comments on big issues, but then again, maybe not.

Mickelson has 39 career PGA TOUR wins which is second to Tiger’s 71 wins among active players and overall, just 9 players have ever won more than 40 times in their career on the PGA TOUR. One would have to win 3 times every year for 17 straight years to reach 50 wins and no one in 2011 won more than twice which is a sign of the parity that now exists on the PGA TOUR. While 9 players have won 40 or more, just 7 have won 50 or more and while 11 wins is a big number, Sobel thinks that Phil will make a good run at 50 career wins. Once Phil reaches around 43 or 44 wins, Sobel thinks that Mickelson will buckle down and try to get to 50 because he will be close and he will think that he can do it. He would not be surprised if Phil played events with weaker fields in order to get to that number. Mickelson will have to have the career of a Steve Stricker for the rest of his career just to get to 50.

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