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2009 PGA ChampionshipCHASKA, Minn. ' It would be a reasonably fair fight if Tiger Woods didnt make damn near every 10-footer he looked at. On the other hand Phil Mickelson says, Im not going to beat many people putting the way I am.
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  • The European pipelines busting with young talent. Alvaro Quiros, Martin Kaymer, Rory McIlroy, Chris Wood, Graeme McDowell and Ross Fisher teaming with the likes of Ian Poulter, Lee Westwood, Sergio Garcia, Henrik Stenson and Padraig Harrington should give Colin Montgomerie a potent Ryder Cup lineup next year in Wales.
  • Bill Powell, 92, was honored with the PGA of Americas Distinguished Service Award Thursday night in Minneapolis. In the mid-1940s he created the first golf course in the U.S. designed, built and owned by an African American. Clearview Golf Club in Ohio is on the National Register of Historic Places. Put it on your bucket list of places to play with Pinehurst, Pebble and St. Andrews. Its only $39 with cart on a weekend.
  • My buddy and Golf Channel producer Matthew Hegarty ' he gets fired up ' screamed as Harrington hit his monumental second from the bunker at 15: That guys a puncher! Hes going to the wire with Tiger. Mattys Irish, mind you, so hes partial to Paddy. But hes right. The guys a fighter; though, hes in the ring with the all-time heavyweight knockout artist.
  • What in the worlds happened to Adam Scott: 82-79 with six three-putts this week?
  • The Land of 10,000 Lakes actually has 11,842. Minnesotans are famously modest. Plus, Land of 11,842 Lakes doesnt quite roll off the tongue as easily, does it?
  • If you do make the trip to play Clearview, dont hesitate to take a lesson from Powells daughter, Renee, the head pro. She was the second African American to play the LPGA after Althea Gibson, and the first female golfer to receive an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from St. Andrews University in Scotland.
  • Interesting, Minnesota is the only state that did not vote for Ronald Reagan in either of his presidential runs.
  • Mickelsons going through a difficult time, no question. But hes still Phil. He was great to play with, said Paul Azinger. They talked economic platforms, bio fuels and health care. Phils famous within player ranks for expounding on any number of subjects beyond golf. Hes the same Phil, Azinger said. But obviously hes got a lot on his mind. He looks a little rusty to me.
  • Too bad native Minnesotan Tim Herron didnt qualify for the PGA Championship. Lovable Lumpy is Jackie Gleason in a world of Paul Newmans.
  • Powell says of Clearview, Its a course that sees no color. Golf doesnt see color, only people. Including a local head of the KKK, one of his first customers 60 years ago. You didnt think to turn him away? I asked. When you run a golf course you dont turn anyone away. You welcome them.
  • Sad to think that Herron, the first alternate, would have gotten into the field had John Daly withdrawn before the first round. Daly told Golf Channel that he probably should have done just that, after experiencing more back pain.
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