By petedirenzo
Friday, August 13, 2010

Leaderboard | Live Video | Photos | TV Schedule8:38  Tiger had a nasty horseshoe on the 6th, finishing the day as he started at 1 under with 12 holes to play in the morning. He scraped it around today but his short game has been masterful. I'm looking forward to the weekend and the finish of the second round tomorrow morning. It should be fun. I don't see conditions getting more difficult. Par isn't going to cut it this week.  So long.8:27  There is about 10-15 minutes of playable sunlight left. At the 6th hole Tiger came out of a 3-wood and ended short of the green in deep rough.8:24 I would think that Tiger needs to start making some birdies. The 6th hole is a good place to start. He can drive it. I hope that he doesn't play scared.8:15  At the 5th, Tiger got relief and a drop that finished in an ugly lie. He took a wedge that finished in another horrible place in the fescue. Then he hit a defensive shot that got him near the green. He's not going to make birdie but he's not going to make bogey either.

8:12 Tiger's ball is embedded in a sandy area near a fairway bunker. If it's indeed a sandy area he won't be able to get relief.8:04 Bubba had a six on the par 5 16th. He tried to do too much out of fairway bunker on his second shot. I hadn't thought of it before but either Bubba has to start listening to his caddie or really in the offseason dedicate himself to learning course management.7:55 Tiger has four pars to start the day. He's not knocking the pins out but he's staying in the tournament at 1 under. 7:52 This is a good week for hybrids as a number of the par 4s here call for that club. Y.E. Yang just hit one to about 5-feet on the fourth hole. Yang has three hybrids in his bag. His longest iron is a 6.7:46 J.B. Holmes has a 20-footer for eagle at the par 4 6th. I'll get back to you with the stat for how many guys have reached that green today.7:42 Bubba has become a media darling. He's not an act. It's refreshing. 7:40 Tiger made a great par save at the 3rd  after the pulled iron off the tee.7:38 Camillo Villegas has gotten it to 3 under. Maybe he become known for something more than his tight shirts and spider view of putts. 7:35 To Reader Tighthead: I've been pretty balanced on Tiger, I think.7:33 At the par 3rd, Tiger hit a sawed off 5-iron that went left. Those arm swings get you every time.7:31 It looks like Kuchar and Watney are going to be in the last group when they tee off late tomorrow afternoon, unless someone plays great tonight and tomorrow morning. 7:28  It's an undeniable truth that if the PGA replaced the club pros with a few more touring pros it would make an already great field even better. It seems though that all the majors have something wrong with them. The Masters has a tiny field to start with—90 odd players—but it has a dozen or more old past champions and three or four amateurs. The U.S. Open is too open and the British skews toward the European Tour.7:18 Simon Khan has made two bogeys to fall two back of the leader. Kuchar has had a piece of the leader for now more than 3 hours. 7:17 Bubba told the media yesterday that he hoped they wouldn't think he was a sissy for crying so much when talking about his dad, who has cancer. Sissy is definitely one of those words you don't hear much anymore. It's definitely southern. Bubba reminded the folks that he does hit the ball a long way.7:14 Tiger is taking a lot of time at the 2nd hole. He blocked his drive into a bunker then scuffed it about 95 yards to a gravel cart path then he hit a fairway metal to about 25 yards from the green in a little runoff area. He has birdie chip that he'll probably make.7:07 Phil is a vegetarian! It sounds healthy but a little crazy to start at 40. But then what kind of vegetarian is he?  The kind that still eats chicken and  fish? That kind still has an occasional steak? Or is he the kind that's one veggie burger away from being  vegan? I think it's noble but I could only chuckle when Gary Player was in my office not long ago and he told me that I needed to become a vegetarian if I wanted his body at age 75.6:57 Khan fell out of a tie for the  lead with a bogey at 16th. Watney is in at 7 under. This is the best position that he's been in at a major. Same goes for Kuchar.  That's good news for Corey Pavin, maybe.6:55 The cool thing about Bubba's game is that he can play in wind because of his spectacular ability to move his ball seemingly at will in all directions. But the wind spooked him on the greens at the 12th, where he three-putted from inside 10 feet. 6:48 Tiger is off the first tee with a 3-wood down the left side of the fairway. 6:42 Bubba has birdied his first two holes to get to 6 under par.6:40 The wind could be the saving grace for the players at 2 over. It's starting to howl a little.6:38 Mickelson is in the clubhouse at 2 under and 6 back of the leaders. In his group, Oosthuizen (2 over) and Graeme McDowell (3 over) could both miss the cut. 6:32 David Feherty is with Jim Nantz. Khan made his birdie. He's five-under for the day.6:28 Apparently, Tiger got the drill from Foley during the practice round. It still a little weird to see Tiger doing drills on a game day.6:25 Simon Khan just hit to a foot on the long par 4 15th hole. He'll go to 8 under in a tie for the lead with Kuchar.6:23 Tiger never regularly did the still head drill with Steve before this week. I wonder if this is some kind of band-aid for not practicing and seeing a teacher.6:20 Bubba Watson birdied the 10th hole, his first hole, to get to 5 under. Phil playing the par 5 8th hole, his 17th hole, birdied to get to 2 under par.6:15 No siting of Sean Foley on the range with Tiger for his warmup. 6:11 Bubba Watson started his round by nearly driving the 10th hole, which measures about 360 yards. The PGA does have fun. He's paired with Alvaro Quiros for no other reason than that they are two of the longest hitters in golf.6:07 Tiger is teeing off in about 35 minutes. With no weather delays he should get in about 2 hours of golf. It gets dark at the course at about 8:00 central6:04 After standing on a 3-footer that was oscillating, Watney made a birdie at the 6th to move to 7 under.6:02 Simon Khan, an Englishman who won the European Tour's BMW Open earlier this year, is one back of Kuchar at 7 under after a birdie at the 13th.6:00 Mickelson hit an 8-iron from 200 yards on the 7th hole. What happened to the stock 150-yard 8-iron?5:56 Seung Yul Noh (Soon you will Know). The 19-year old is 5-under. Ernie Johnson couldn't resist playing with his name. 5:49 Phil hit a poor chip on the 6th hole and missed his birdie. Basically that's giving a shot away to the field.5:46 The great thing about the PGA is that they want players to make birdies. Whistling Straits has four or five holes that the players believe they should always make birdie.5:43 Mickelson hit a three-wood to the driveable 6th hole, landing a few paces off the green. It would be a great hole if it were the 15th or 16th. How exciting would it be to have the option on late Sunday.5:38 The leaderboard has four or five Americans who could be Ryder Cuppers: Kuchar, Dustin Johnson, Bryce Molder and Zach Johnson. I don't understand why some of my colleagues think that the Americans are going to get killed later this year in Europe.5:35 As it starts to rain pretty steadily on the course it's looking like the late afternoon groups may not even get to tee off today. 5:30 Louis Oosthuizen, the British Open champion, just hit one from Lake Michigan on the par 5 fifth after trying to hit his second shot into the green.5:26  Nick Watney is 6 under and 2 back of the lead after a birdie at the 4th hole.5:22 McIlroy couldn't convert the eagle but he made his birdie to get to 5 under. We know that he's mentally strong after co
ming back from the 80 in the second round at the British to get a top 5 there.5:20 Kuchar is in the clubhouse with a 69 and a 8-under total. Solid. Not spectacular.  He's hitting a lot of fairways and greens with what is the flattest, laziest, swing in golf. As one of the announcers said, he always looks like he's going to hit a good shot.5:17 Rory McIlroy just drove the green at the 320-yard Par 4 6th hole. 5:15 To Reader Jared Heath who finds  the weather becoming a determining factor in the outcome of this tournament. It could be tomorrow night by the time Kuchar tees off for his third round. He will have had the weather to give him a lot of rest and time to see what people do in front of him. Who knows? Someone could blow past him.5:11 Mickelson gave one back at the 4th with a bogey to drop back to even par. He's been all over the place today. I wonder how long he can play scrambling golf with guys making birdies ahead of him. 5:05 Good Afternoon. Am I the only one but doesn't it seem weird that Tiger won't tee off until about 7pm eastern time. By the time he tees up Matt Kuchar might have run away with the tournament.5:00 Okay folks, that does it for me today. Thanks for all your great comments. I'm leaving you in the very capable hands of SI's Farrell Evans.4:57 Noh is having the round of his young life. He's now -6 and just a couple shots off the lead. No doubt, his winning this would be the biggest golf story of the year. Which is why it probably won't happen.4:54 Bryce Molder has hit some great lags today, he gets another one to make par and stay at -6 on the always dangerous 17th.4:51 Kuchar misses a birdie by inches yet again. Maybe my -8 prediction will hold after all.4:49 More fun, long-man Dustin Johnson bounces back from a bogey to eagle the par-5 5th, he's two back at -6.4:46 With McCord's help Phil is officially on a mini-roll. His tee shot on the par-3 3rd lands 3 feet from the hole. That'll bring him to -3...err, -14:45 OK, wanted to save this for when I had some Appleby news, but it doesn't look like I'm going to get that chance, so here it goes. Enjoy this treat of a tweet from SI's Alan Shipnuck:

Just recalled a classic quote from '04. Appleby, who grew up on a farm, was asked about the smell of nearby cows: "Yeah, it makes me horny!"  
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It's the back nine of the PGA tournment: you're ahead by one stroke. How would you rather have: Carl Spackler, Bagger Vance, or Romeo Posar as your caddy?
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Mitch Cumstein: I like Doug's idea- I am a big fan of night putting, and I think that these lights would definitely come in handy out there.
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I know this is going to sound nuts, but haven't they ever considered lights on these courses so we can play a little bit into the night on occasions like this, or in bouts of bad w
eather? I mean, its 2010, not the dark ages. Everyone made an uproar once baseball started installing lights in the 30s and now playing night games is the norm. I've seen big drive tournaments done under the lights with no issues. What are your thoughts?
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Just saw Oosthuizen's caddy clean Phil's ball for him on the green while Bones was raking the bunker. Love to see caddies work together as a team for the group they're with. Always wish more camera time would be spent on caddy-player interaction.
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Still no weather??? What happend to the hurricane that was coming????
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What are your thoughts about putting with a wedgie?
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What is the most lofted wedge that you have ever seen a player carry? Is it the 64 degree Mickelson wedge?
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Unquestionably, the best golf pairing humanly possible is Tiger Woods and John Daily. I expect now that Woods is a bachelor, they could have some epic times together.
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What do you call a cut day when not everybody finishes? A scratch? A Flesh wound?
2:34 2:30 2:28 2:25 2:22 2:20 2:19 2:17  Super-interesting news from Mike Walker--apparently Tiger was talking to Jim Gray after his round yesterday and gave him the "death stare". Can't blame Tiger at all, as Gray has put him in a terrible position. Now that Tiger has admitted that he'd take a captain's pick, he could b seriously embarrassed if Pavin doesn't pick him. And Tiger's got enough awkward questions to answer without having to deal with the Pavin/Gray mess. Jim should pray that Tiger plays well enough this week to assure himself a spot on the team, or the death stare may be the least of the presents Tiger has for him.
2:15 2:13 2:10 Good news everyone, the first round of the 2010 PGA Championship has officially finished. In just a shade under a decade too. 2:08 That birdie must have given Steve Stricker some momentum. After laying up with his drive on 13, Strick sticks one inside five feet for a gimme birdie...the start of something good? Let's hope so, he's the only one whose crowds are making any noise today. 2:06 Great recovery from Kuchar to reach the 6th green, but he'll still have a long putt for par. Should be able to minimize the damage though. 2:05 Ernie can't keep up the pressure, just missing a par put to drop him back to -4. It's one step forward, one step back for Els today.
2:04 Kuchar has to take a drop from the forrest after that drive, and he's in a very awkward spot. He'll be fortunate to just drop one stroke on this hole. 2:02 kingpin Charlie Hanger chimes in on Matt Kuchar's reaction to a ridiculously wayward drive: Kuchar just said, "Oh jeepers, Matty" after a shot. Jeepers? I actually give Kuchar credit for that. He must know he doesn't get much coverage on TV, so he's keeping it clean for all the people seeing him for the first time. 2:00 An answer to my cut day question from good friend Michael Corcoran:
A Friday when not everyone finishes to establish the cut: cuttus interruptus. 
Beat that commenters, if you dare! 1:56 Huge cheers for Steve Stricker when he sinks his first birdie to move to -1. Slow and steady wins the race, Steve.
1:54 I like all of r
eader Brandon Johnson's suggestions on what to call 
1:51 Speaking of the Big Easy, he has no trouble putting home that birdie, so he goes back to -5, just one stroke off the lead.  1:50 Dustin Johnson birdies his fourth hole of the day to move to -3. Normally I'd make a joke about his height here, but since he's playing with Ernie Els he's not even the biggest guy in his group. I wouldn't want to play a pickup game against those two. 1:47 Colin Montgomerie is looking a little of his game this week...can't imagine why that is. 1:45 Huge bounce-back from Els who plays another great short iron to about 5 feet on 13. He's his typically stoic self, but his game is smiling.
1:43 Mickelson does end up making par on the 10th, keeping him at +1. If Lefty's going to keep driving like he has been, he's going to have to be a lot more solid with the putter. 1:40 Els makes bogey on 12 to drop back to -4. Not a huge deal, when you're as good as Ernie you really just need to hang around the lead the first few days. Right? 1:38 1:34 1:32 1:30 1:28 1:25 1:23 1:21 1:19 1:17 1:15 1:13 1:11 1:10
Better question for reader John, etc. : who is likely to step up in popularity? Freddy's a senior. Tiger and Phil really don't play that often (not to mention other issues) and Els just doesn't seem to get it done (not that that is a popularity thing)...
1:07 1:05 1:03 Hey there folks, Golf Magazine's Steve Beslow here to be the meat in your live blog sandwich. I may not be as well seasoned as Mike or Farrell, but I've got significantly better marbling. 12:58 p.m. 12:53 p.m. 12:51 p.m. Projected cut line already? Can the other half of the field finish the 1st round before we talk cut? live 12:50 p.m. 12:48 p.m. 12:46 p.m. Lefty looks awful out there. Really, he should be about 7 over par.

A Mickelson round is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you're going to get. 12:44 p.m. Mickelson makes his par -- finishes with a 1-over 73, and he'll be back on the course in 20 minutes or so. 12:40 p.m. Mickelson his a sweet shot from an uneven stance in the greenside rough (of course he does) and he has an important 6-footer to save par. 12:36 p.m. Mickelson misses the green with his approach on 18. He's 1-over and right on the projected cut line. 12:35 p.m. Zach Johnson gives one back on 18, he finishes at 3-under. 12:30 p.m. Open question whether Tiger Woods (tee time 5:45 p.m. EDT) will hit a shot today with the expected rain. 12:26 p.m. Steve Stricker finishes with an even-par 72. The Madison resident is still a contender. 12:22 p.m. Good list from Reader John: My most popular players: 1. Tiger (pre-scandal) 2. Freddie!!!!! 3. Phil 4. Ernie If I had the chance to pick three pros to play 18 holes with I'd pick Freddie, Phil, and Ernie.  Fred Couples has a strong following. I guess top three in popularity would be 1. Phil, 2. Tiger (post-scandal, 3. Freddie. Tiger still has by far the biggest galleries though. 12:20 p.m. Phil Mickelson saves par on 17, still one over. I'm sure Mickelson wishes he could have played in the dark last night after that birdie-birdie finish. 12:19 p.m. Over/Under on how many PGA Championship stories work "Friday the 13th" into the lead paragraph today. I say 16. 12:15 p.m. Reader Tighthead asks: Does Oosthuizen have some sort of weird farmers tan on his next from wearing his shades back there? Right around the collar.  King Louie's too cool to let something like that happen, but I don't understand why players don't ask their caddies to carry their sunglasses, too. The caddie already has the bag, the trail mix and the sports drink, but he can't carry the shades? I don't get it. 12:13 p.m. Darren Clarke is in the clubhouse after a cautionary tale of an opening round. Clarke was 3-under through 13 and finished bogey, bogey, bogey, double. Yes, Whistling Straits has teeth. 12:11 p.m. Phil Mickelson makes a bogey on 16, now 1-over par. I don't understand the Official World Golf Rankings calculations but I don't think he can overtake Tiger as No. 1 if he doesn't finish better than him here. 12:09 p.m. Reader TheWaiting writes: I have not golfed in years, and I have not watched much golf this year (rabbit ears do not pull in many stations) but I absolutely love following the rounds via the Live Blog. Keep up the good work.  Thanks for the note. I think Boo Weekley is serving rabbit ears for dinner tonight. 12:07 p.m Ernie Els finishes his opening round at 4-under. Mickelson still out there, he's even through 15. 12:02 p.m. Post-round quotes from leader Matt Kuchar (5-under), who's going to head back out the course for his second round soon:

Q: Because you're playing so well, does it feel good to turn right around and go back out and play?
MATT KUCHAR: Absolutely. I would like to end this shortly.
11:59 a.m. 11:58 a.m. Speaking of Cabrera and feasting, between him and John Daly (pre-lap band surgery), who do you think could eat more White Castle burgers, and how many would the winner put down?] 11:56 a.m. 11:54 a.m. 11:51 a.m. I like Cam Morfit's writing, but hey, if he thinks this is bad, have him check the weather for Tulsa (e.g. Souther Hills) for this weekend - 107 today, 106 Sat and 96 on Sunday! 11:50 a.m. 11:45 a.m.
Despite Tiger's -1 yesterday, we're still talking about a very delicate psyche (and spare me all the crap about how mentally tough he is), and slow play, which is guaranteed, could and probably will hurt him, and here's why: Forget Haney and Foley and Tiger's swing and his putting and all that stuff. It has nothing to do with why Tiger is playing poorly this year. What's killing Tiger is happening one micro-second at a time, that one instant when he's not swinging the club, not lining up a putt, not engaged--fleeting moments when his conscience--and even he has one--won't let him forget he's moved to the top of the list of all-time sports creeps. You can cry me a river about that has nothing to do with it, he's just a golfer and we should admire him for that, and yeah, we should. But a golfer has to play with focus, and a good one can block out noise, sights, pressure applied by other players, even nerves about his swing or his putting. But no one can keep his conscience buried to the point that it doesn't insidiously creep into his active thought process, and it only takes one second to do that. Maybe he's just walking along, maybe he's waiting for someone to putt out, but the weight of being a famously bad husband and father, the details only he knows, the burden of having the self-realization that pride did indeed goeth before the fall, that someday his kids will see what kind of man he was and probably hate him for it--that's why Tiger has played bad. It only takes a micro-second for hell to be unleashed in his head. And if it doesn't happen, his overcoming it so soon won't be admirable, it will be disturbing, and not worthy of praise. Yes, he's played well in the majors, but for him those are the equivalent of an athlete playing better when he's hurt, they supply enough deflection that he has fewer distracted moments. But they don't eliminate them completely.

11:44 a.m. Nick Watney drops one at the 14th, now 3-under. 11:41 a.m. Remember Zach Johnson? He's 3-under after birdies on 13 and 15. 11:39 a.m. Golf Magazine's Cam Morfit says, "Other than the fog, the pestilence and the upcoming rainstorm, this has been a heck of a PGA Championship." 11:37 a.m. Matt Kuchar is in the clubhouse after a 5-under 67. 11:33 a.m. Reader Donny asks: Mike, what's with Stenson and Weekley? Especially Stenson, is he hurt? Weekley (3-over) had a shoulder injury, and his fitness is never great even when he's healthy. Stenson (7-over) is sick. He hasn't been able to shake a virus since right after the British Open. It's too bad we can't see two of the game's more engaging personalities at their best this week. 11:31 a.m. Mickelson gives one back with a bogey on the par-4 14th. He's now even. Els keeps stringing together pars -- the Big Easy is 4-under through 16. 11:29 a.m. Friend of the Blog Guy Gallant writes: Angel Cabrera is due for another major on a big golf course. I think he's a good pick to be around on Sunday. I agree. If Cabrera is playing well, he'll be in the mix. You know he's not afraid of anything. With him on the golf course, it's feast or famine. At the dinner table, it's always feast.

11:25 a.m. That was just a joke. Canada is my second-favorite country. 11:24 a.m. Reader Donny on Tiger's next coach: I don't care who's coaching him really. But it's nice to have a fellow Canadian getting so much respect for his golf teachings! Canadian sports fans are the best. If Tiger wins, the Toronto Star headline would be "Golfer coached by Canadian wins PGA Championship." 11:22 a.m. Another par from Kuchar (5-under) on 8. Old friend Angel Cabrera is climbing the leaderboard as well, 3-under after birdies on 10 and 11. 11:18 a.m. Reader Marty Ely on Poulter versus the Get-in-the-hole! guys: I gotta go with Poults on that one...that joke was funny..well it was never funny. I think we need to quarantine those guys with the You Da Man guys in a special section...not near the golf course.  Agreed. Let's quarantine them on an island miles from the golf course, somewhere like the U.S. Open media center. 11:16 a.m. Matt Kuchar makes par on the par-3 seventh, his 16th, and is still atop the leaderboard at 5-under. 11:15 a.m. Question to you sports fans out there: Does anyone really care who Tiger's next swing coach is? And if so, why? 11:12 a.m. Not sure how much golf we'll get in today. My trusted weather source -- the security guy at the Whistling Straits media center -- said he heard they got 2 inches of rain this morning a couple hours west of here and that the storm is headed this way. 11:10 a.m. Local hero Steve Stricker is 1-under through 14. He's been trailed this week by folks in green shirts which say "Stricker's Soldiers." Let's hope they don't lose interest. 11:09 a.m. Pars for Ernie Els (4-under) on 15 and Phil Mickelson (1-under) on 12. 11:07 a.m. Friend of the Blog and golf writer Mike Corcoran thinks Kuchar could be on this leaderboard to stay: Kuchar has kind of made his bones as a player at the U.S. Open. This is the tournament that is most like that one. He has the potential to be one of those one career major guys. 11:03 a.m. Reader Brad Baker emails: Thought it was interesting that Poults called the fans "idiots" for yelling "get in the hole!!" on par 5s .. via Twitter... arent they the ones who pay attention to his tweeting? (and financing his pinkness?) I can take sides on Ian Poulter vs. the "get-in-the-hole!" guys. Let's just call this one an orgy of idiocy. 10:57 a.m. Breaking news from's David Dusek, the hardest-working man in the golf media: Sean Foley walked by Butch Harmon on the practice range a few minutes after the players loaded into vans and left for the holes and the re-start of the first round. “Hey Hollywood!” called Harmon. Foley laughed, turned around and chatted with Butch for about five minutes. At one point Butch put his arm around Foley as the two talked in whispers.
As Foley walked away, Harmon said, “Hey, let’s get a match between my four and your four ... and we get to be the announcers. HA! There’d be some bull%#!@ going on there!”
Dusek even got a picture.


10:56 a.m. Take me to your (new) leader: Matt Kuchar makes birdie on his 15th (the sixth) and is alone at 5-under. 10:52 a.m. How could we forget about Nick Watney, 4-under through 11? Updates coming soon. 10:49 a.m. Some unfinished business from yesterday's Live Blog: the winner of the Don King Award for the best name for a Corey Pavin-Jim Gray boxing match is Dr. Beeper for "B---- Slaps by the Rich Chaps." Thanks to everyone who participated. 10:45 a.m. We'll also be keeping an eye on Matt Kuchar, also 4-under through 14 holes, and a guy named Phil Mickelson, who is 1-under through 11 after finishing his darkness-shortened round birdie-birdie. 10:42 a.m. The Live Blog's featured player this morning will be Ernie Els, who's tied for the lead at 4-under through 14 holes. Does the Big Easy have one more major in him at age 40? I'm not so sure. Every time I see him he looks "exceedingly weary," as they say, but he's still one of the biggest stars in the game 10:40 a.m. Welcome to Day 2 of the PGA Championship Live Blog. I'm Mike Walker, senior editor for Golf Magazine. After a 2 hr, 40 min fog delay, players are back on the course. We'll be here all day, so please join the conversation and leave a comment below.

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