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Tim Rosaforte - July 9, 2012

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Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson missed the cut in The Greenbrier Classic last week and in terms of The Open Championship, it means nothing in relation to their chances at Royal Lytham & St. Annes. It meant something for CBS Sports and Jim Justice and The Greenbrier Resort who would have loved to have had either of them on the weekend. Tiger’s missed cut is probably a bit of a letdown following his AT&T National win but Phil has not been playing well lately and that is why he entered the Scottish Open this week.

When it comes to the reported appearance fees that Tiger and Phil accepted to play in The Greenbrier Classic, the feeling on the PGA TOUR is that players receive appearance fees in the form of endorsement contracts and that is the way of the world even if it may go against the spirit of the law on the PGA TOUR.

While Tiger and Phil did not make the cut, 62-year-old Tom Watson did play on the weekend and although he did not record a high finish, it was great to see him play and the fans clearly enjoyed the opportunity to watch such a legend.

In his second visit to Monday’s Morning Drive, Rosaforte began by saying that he had a chance to speak with Shane Joel who was on the bag for Na Yeon Choi at the U.S. Women’s Open. Joel was on the bag for Mark O’Meara when he won the Senior Players Championship and was one of the names mentioned as the permanent replacement for Steve Williams as Tiger Woods’ caddie although that obviously did not work out. Joel played a very key role in convincing Na Yeon Choi to go back to the tee on the 10th hole after she drove the ball in the woods. Joel has a lot of experience in these situations and he proved to be crucial to her winning the U.S. Women’s Open.

Louis Oosthuizen, the 2010 Open Champion and 2012 Masters Runner-up, was playing a leisure round at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club in Jupiter and he made another double eagle. The shot was hit during a fun match with a friend and it is amazing that he has made two double eagles in 2012. Oosthuizen went to China last week before heading to Scotland this week for the Scottish Open.

Padraig Harrington, who has won 3 Majors, has been struggling through numerous swing changes over the last few years and was seemingly becoming forgotten in the world of golf. But he has one of the best records of anyone in the 2012 Majors with a pair of top 8 finishes in both The Masters and the U.S. Open. Although he has not won this year, Harrington is playing better more often than he has in a number of years and he is someone to watch next week in The Open Championship.