Keeping a card takes more money than ever

This is not the first time Els has stuck to a commitment. He skipped the Presidents Cup in 1994 because of the British Masters.

Els won the Order of Merit in 2003 and 2004, and there's a chance he can win the Harry Vardon Trophy a third time.

HAVE GAME, WILL PLAY: Damon Green long has been considered one of the best players among caddies on the PGA Tour, and he had a chance to show it while in Bermuda for the PGA Grand Slam of Golf.

Green, on the bag when Zach Johnson won the Masters, decided to pay $525 to enter the 41st edition of the Bermuda Open, which attracted a 66-man field to Port Royal Golf Course. He was 1 under through three rounds until closing with a 66 on Sunday to finish third behind defending champion Tim Conley and Brian McCann, a regular on the Canadian Tour.

"Not too bad," Green said.

Green, who played the Nike Tour a dozen years ago, had not played competitively since the Grapefruit Open in Vero Beach, Fla., about a year ago. He has tried to qualify for the U.S. Open, but never has made it out of final stage of sectional qualifying.

"I guess this was my first national open," he said.

Green earned $6,000 from the $50,000 purse.

LEFTIES: Phil Mickelson will be the highest-ranked player to compete in the Fall Series when he plays the Fry's Electronics Open in Scottsdale, Ariz., and he has a chance to again be part of history by winning.

Lefties already have won five times this year, which ties the record set in 2000.

Mickelson has won three times and Steve Flesch won twice. Seven years ago, Mickelson won four times and Mike Weir had one victory. The statistics indeed are slightly skewed, but the PGA Tour dug up some research that showed six left-handed players among the top 100 in the world ranking: Mickelson (2), Richard Green (32), Nick O'Hern (38), Weir (48), Flesch (89) and Bubba Watson (93).

DIVOTS: The European Tour has afforded lifetime membership to U.S. Open champion Angel Cabrera and British Open champion Padraig Harrington. They received their solid silver membership cards from Tour chief executive George O'Grady during the HSBC World Match Play Championship. Europe now has 31 players to have received honorary lifetime membership. ... Masters champion Zach Johnson extended his sponsorship endorsement with AEGON and subsidiary Transamerica for five more years. ... Greg Norman, the inaugural winner of the Australian Golf Writers Association rookie of the year award, has agreed to give his name to the honor.

STAT OF THE WEEK: In the three LPGA Tour events where she made the cut in 2007, Michelle Wie finished a combined 91 shots behind the winner.

FINAL WORD: "If I'm having a holiday, I don't bring golf clubs. I don't have fun unless I'm really putting effort into it." - Padraig Harrington, on playing the PGA Grand Slam of Golf in Bermuda.

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