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Phil Mickelson: He played No. 18 in eight strokes (par five) on Saturday and seven more on Sunday. Needless to say, that was going to stunt any mo’ Mickelson had going this year. “The Desert Phil” who blasted TPC Scottsdale last week looked like a mere mortal as he slid down the rocks on Saturday looking for his ball on No. 18. Classic Mickelson: Destroys the field one week and looks like he hasn’t played the next. You have a better chance of trying to time the stock market than you trying to figure out Mickelson. Remember, all stock tips given in this column are WORTHLESS and should not be followed or consumed by anyone who has more than seven dollars in their bank account.
Dustin Johnson: He played with the GOAT (Greatest of All-Time) for three rounds and he did nothing to impress his girlfriend’s father as he fired 73-69-74 to MC. For those of you who are not following, Johnson is dating Paulina Gretzky. Gretzky and Johnson were pro-am partners this week. I hope he has better luck with her than all of us fantasy gamers did this week. He’ll be fine, right? RIGHT?
Hunter Mahan: I used him as my “one-and-done” this week and he finished T16. That was significantly better than my Jason Dufner pick from last week. Mahan was nine under at Pebble and even at the other two courses. He’s now finished second, T15, T16 in his last three at Pebble Beach.
Robert Garrigus: He began the day in 6th place and was primed to make a run at the leaders and he did just that. He began the day five-under through 11 holes to get to 12-under before a NINE on the par-five No. 14 ended his run. Make a par there and who knows how high on the podium he finishes. He had another solid performance this week and I’m not going to let one hole scare me off Garrigus! T22.
Padraig Harrington: He didn’t break 70 in any of his three rounds this week. He’s probably tinkering with his swing again. He couldn’t follow up his 63 or 64 from last week in the desert. MC.
Nick Watney: Tough week for some premium players. Watney made one birdie on Friday and one birdie on Saturday. Ouch. MC.
Aaron Baddeley: Another horse-for-course at the Clambake, “Badds” was solid again this week with a T12 finish as well. He’s T6, T4 and T12 in his last three at Pebble. He will be on the radar big time next week in LA.
Lee Westwood: After opening up 68-70, Westwood limped home on the weekend 73-72. He’s one of the best ball-strikers going so I’m not exactly worried. Plus, it was his first game on US soil this year. He’ll warm up.
Steve Marino: We all loved his track record here but the fact is he finished 73-73 at Torrey Pines and didn’t break 74 this week in three rounds at Pebble Beach. Look away.
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