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  • Phil Mickelson won at Pebble two years ago on the strength of his fairway-splitting tee ball: an automatic speed-dial bullet baby cut. Lose that, and the ability to consistently make 6-footers, and youre left with a pedestrian player scuffling to make cuts. Thirty-four-time winners get bank bailout scrutiny when they struggle. They also deserve the benefit of the doubt.
     
  • Anthony Kim really took 39 putts in the first round in Malaysia? Shot 78? Its nothing really, just one bad day. Its also the kind of round that makes me think, Tiger never, ever does that kind of thing.
     
  • Go ahead and hold the Ryder Cup in Dubai. While were at it, lets run the Kentucky Derby in Nebraska. The Indy 500 in San Antonio. And the running of the bulls in Poland.
     
  • When Tiger returns Im looking forward to asking him not about his knee, but if Dwight Howards made strides as a face-the-basket center. Tigers attended enough Magic games to qualify as a legitimate scout.
     
  • I need to see Michelle Wie handle a one-shot lead with two holes to play.
     
  • Tiger Woods was finally beaten in a big event. At the Westminster Dog Show, a Scottish Deerhound named Tiger Woods made it to the finals, only to lose to a Sussex Spaniel they call Stump ' the Ed Fiori of the canine world.
     
  • Its clearly a bandwagon jump on my part, but 'Slumdog Millionaire' is unbelievably good.
     
  • My dad remembers a time when you could count on baseball and banks. Wish I could.
     
  • Actor Dennis Haysbert is playing Pebble this week. Have there been many better commercial pitchmen than the deep-voiced former '24' star fronting for All State Insurance? He owns that spot for as long as he wants it.
     
  • Its a tall task, but if Wie and Paula Creamer each win a minimum of four times this year and stage at least two epic major championship showdowns, the ladies could challenge the men in the ratings game in non-Tiger weeks.
     
  • Speaking of commercial pitchmen, Peyton Manning, also in the celebrity field this week, may be the all-time greatest athlete endorser, as comfortable in front of the camera as he is in the pocket with 330 pound lineman breathing down his neck.
     
  • Frank Langella as the President in 'Frost/Nixon' turns in one of the most convincing, mind-blowing performances you will ever see.
     
  • Nineteen-year-old Dubai winner Rory McIlroy is undoubtedly talented and Im looking forward to seeing more of him. But Ill get really excited when a young player comes along and wins four times in a season. Weve seen with Sergio and Adam Scott that it may come early, but very seldom does it come often.
     
  • Not meaning to apply undue pressure to Tiger, but so much is riding on his return ' television ratings, your 401K, peace in the Middle East.
     

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