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Phil, John and the Ladies

“Hooks and Slices” will bring you our view on whats happening in the golf world.

Whoever goes on to win The St. Jude Classic, unless it is Phil Mickelson, will have to be content with a first place check and a second place headline (See the Wrap Up). The real story this week at Memphis is Phil Mickelson and his comeback to the tour. Phil sits at four under, six behind leader Brian Gay. Play was stopped due to weather and will continue early Saturday. It really doesn’t matter where Phil finishes, he made the cut. He got four rounds to tweak his swing, shake off the rust and prep for the Open. It was good for Phil to get back before the Open so he could let loose some emotional baggage. Mission accomplished Phil. Play out the next two rounds, groove the swing, get the feel, and then hop on the jet to Bethpage. All your friends in New York are waiting for you.

It may be premature to call this tournament a success for John Daly, he may or may not make the cut, but it is either way. He came back on tour and played respectable golf. He played like a professional golfer and has said and done all the right things so far. It’s a small step but an important one on his comeback to the PGA tour.

At The McDonald’s LPGA Championship, eight tour rookies have made the cut including the leader, Anna Nordqvist. The Swede is at eight under and has a one stroke lead going into the third round. Fellow rookie Stacy Lewis is four back at four under  par (See Stacy Lewis story).  Lorena Ochoa is at three under and looking to make her charge at her third career major.

You have got to feel bad for Shi Hyun Ahn. She drove the ball off the ninth tee and it collided with a robin. The bird didn’t have a chance. She parred the hole and finished with a round of 70.

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