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Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Just a Few News Notes

In case you missed them, today I just have a few news tidbits I've heard over the last few days:

Of course -- is this really news? -- Tiger won't be playing in the Open Championship next week. I don't think any of us thought he would, but he finally made it official.

Lexi Thompson has petitioned the LPGA for early membership... and it has been granted. The Tour normally requires their players to be at least 18, but Lexi will be allowed to enter Q-School this year in hopes of getting a card for 2012. For those of you wondering, this isn't a precedent -- other players (like Morgan Pressel) have applied for and received membership at the age of 17. Lexi will turn 17 in early February.

The U.S. Women's Open is this week at the Broadmoor (where Annika won in 1995), and defending champ Paula Creamer will be paired with the reigning Empress of the Tour, Yani Tseng, and the 2010 Women's Am champ, Danielle Kang. Their tee time is 1:36 pm, and they'll be going off the first tee.

In the "you knew it had to happen sooner or later" department, it has finally been announced that Gary Player will join Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus as the honorary starters at the Masters next year. "The Big Three" is back together at last!

And while it's not news, I've been wondering about this for some time now:

You've probably seen the Barclays commercials with Phil Mickelson talking about integrity. This one in particular has been driving me nuts:

I only want to know one thing: Did Phil make sure the guy counted that double-hit chip at the end of the commercial on his scorecard? Smiley

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