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Truth and Rumors: Players don't bother to qualify for U.S. Open at Pebble

There was a time when winning a major was every pro golfer's dream, but it seems those days have gone by the wayside as a number of players including Jason Day, Boo Weekley, Fredrik Jacobson and Brett Wetterich decided to take a pass on U.S. Open qualifying. Nathan Green's take on the importance of competing in the tournament, as reported by geoffshackelford.com, seems to indicate that maybe some players don't see our national championship as a whole lot of fun: 

"I'm really not that interested in playing it," Green said. "I'd rather sit home on the couch and watch soccer than beat my head against a brick wall for four days."

A veteran Tour caddie summed it up best: "Let's face it, it proves some of these guys make too much money."  Jim Nantz, Bette Midler, upstage Rose's win at Memorial  This year's Memorial Tournament had some great storylines, including Rickie Barnes shooting 62 in the third round, rookie sensation Rickie Fowler leading for 48 holes and Justin Rose carding a final round 66 to capture his first PGA Tour victory. But for those who watched the TV coverage, the biggest story might be Jim Nantz reaching a new level on the corn-o-meter with an impromptu recitation of Bette Midler's The Rose. Here are Midler's/Nantz' exact words: 
This is the putt that wrapped it up. And what's that Bette Midler song? How does that go? Think about his journey here. When the night has been too lonely and the road has been too long ... Just remember in the winter far beneath the bitter snows lies the seed that with the sun's love in the spring becomes the rose
In case you missed it:  The bottom line: Jim, stop it. 

Mickelson tunes up his game in preparation for Pebble We all know the U.S. Open's notoriously tough setups typically favor players who keep the ball in the fairway and hit a lot of greens. Hale Irwin, Ben Hogan, Tom Kite, and Jim Furyk come to mind. Phil Mickelson obviously has never been this type of player, as illustrated by his now infamous blowup on the 72nd hole at Winged Foot in the '06 Open. However, Phil fans will take solace in knowing that Lefty used the recent Memorial Tournament to practice some high-percentage shots he's developed specifically for this year's Open. Here's one that's sure to come in handy on Sunday at Pebble: 

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by Kevin Cunningham