Sources say the two are actually inter-connected.
Originally Frys had hoped to move the event to The Institute, a golf course in Morgan Hill. Calif. But permitting problems at The Institute have delayed its availability as a Frys site.
Officials then began looking at the new TPC Champions course, also in Scottsdale, as a possible venue for next years Frys Electronics Open. But the word out of Arizona is that the people at Grayhawk, which Mickelson once represented, didnt want to give up the event that easily. When Grayhawk told the TOUR that Mickelson would almost certainly return to the event if it stayed at Grayhawk, that got the TOURs attention.
An announcement is expected soon.
Meanwhile, also dont be surprised if the TPC Champions course, located right next door to the Stadium course at the TPC Scottsdale, shares the venue for the FBR Open starting in 2009.
In the past the FBR Open, played in early February, has had to limit its field to 132 players due to frost delays in the mornings and dwindling daylight in the late afternoon.
Utilizing two courses, the first two days, it would enable the TOUR to better handle a 156-man field. The use of the two courses at Torrey Pines is why the field at the Buick Invitational is 156 players.
Under this plan, the weekend rounds for the FBR Open would remain solely at the TPC Scottsdale.
The question of whether Michelle Wie will play in the Sony Open in January is a complicated one and one without an answer at the moment.
Sony Open officials say they will announce their sponsors exemptions in November.
Meanwhile, Wie still represents Sony products. But she missed the cut there earlier this year by 14 shots. Casio World Open officials this week basically disinvited Wie to their November event, saying, according to one spokesman, Basically, we have determined that she cannot play to her full potential because she has yet to recover from hand injuries suffered early in the season.
Wie has made just one cut in 13 appearances on mens national or international tours. She is currently in the first quarter of her freshman year at Stanford University. Classes for the second quarter begin Tuesday Jan. 8. The dates for the Sony Open (Jan. 10-13) are the same week.
The Wie camp has been silent about whether she wants to play in the Sony Open. But one highly-placed Hawaii golf official, when asked about Wies marketability to Sony said, That stock has depreciated.
IN THE FAIRWAY:
Several astute e-mailers have pointed out Tiger Woods infrequent use of the driver. This, in response to the note here last week that only three players ranked in the top 10 in the world have been more accurate off the tee than Woods this year.
The PGA TOURs stats do not show what club players hit off the tee. They just reflect whether the tee ball (on non-par 3s) finds the fairway or not.
And thats the point, really'getting it in the short grass off the tee. So many people are quick to accuse Woods of being a bomb and gouge player. They are quick to claim Hank Haney, Tigers swing coach, is the reason for Tigers loss of accuracy.
The fact is, Tiger and most other top players are hitting the driver much less frequently than they did 10 years ago. And the fact remains: As of last week, only Jim Furyk, Steve Stricker and K.J. Choi'of the players in the top 10'were missing fewer fairways than Woods.
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