Up & Down

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Up & Down The real scorecard from the revamped Players Championship By Jim Gorant UPPhil Mickelson Coming off two straight third-place finishes, Lefty was hot. With no three-putts all week and a masterpiece of controlled play on Sunday, he exorcised his demons faster than you can say Winged Foot. DOWN Tiger Woods Woods hit it all over the place and lipped out a ton of putts. If not for his late rally on Sunday, he would've gone all week without breaking par.
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UP The Course Pete Dye's tee-to-green renovations made what was already an intricate challenge even more intriguing, without succumbing to the rampant impulse to just make every hole 150 yards longer. DOWN The Clubhouse The PGA Tour reportedly spent $16 million to $18 million on a 77,000-square-foot behemoth that has all the elegance and charm of a Donald Trump casino.
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UP Sergio Garcia's Sunday Garcia drafted off fellow Spaniard Jose Maria Olazabal (tie for third) and finally came through in the final round of a big event, shooting 66 and going from 13th to second. DOWN Luke Donald's Sunday After a blistering 65 on Saturday put him in contention (tie for fifth), the usually consistent Donald shot a 74 in the final round to drop to 16th.
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UP May The new date gives the season a great sense of momentum; it's only been four weeks since the Masters, and it's only four more until the U.S. Open! DOWN March For 32 years the Players Championship had been played in the weeks leading up to the Masters. The Players may never be considered a major, but it always deserved to be more than a run-up to Augusta.
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UP Late-Spring Weather Part of the reason for the move to May was to escape the questionable weather of early spring. It worked. After a rough Thursday, Saturday was perfect and Sunday storms held off, providing ideal scoring conditions and exciting golf. DOWN Tropical Storm Andrea She made a mess of Thursday's round, with swirling winds that gusted to 39 mph and pushed 50 balls into the water at 17. How hard was the Stadium course playing? In 2006 only 51 splashed down for the entire tournament.
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UP The 17th Hole Once again it was the scene of unfiltered misery and drama, and played a definitive role in deciding the tournament's outcome. DOWN The 17th Hole Woods called it gimmicky and unbefitting the 71st hole of a prestigious tournament. Watching Sean O'Hair implode there was gut-wrenching.
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UP Butch Harmon The former tutor of Greg Norman and Woods has officially been working with Mickelson for three weeks, and after this win, Harmon has vaulted back to the front of the teaching pack. DOWN Hank Haney His marquee student won the Wachovia, but it was in spite of his poor ball striking, not because of it. At Sawgrass the full-swing troubles persisted; the scorching putting did not.