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Mickelson set for Woods' pairing

September 03, 2007|From the Associated Press

Brett Wetterich emerged from the pack with a 15-foot eagle and held on for a six-under-par 66, giving him a one-shot lead over Arron Oberholser on Sunday in the Deutsche Bank Championship at Norton, Mass., with a 13-under total of 200.

But the focus for today's final round at TPC Boston will be on Phil Mickelson at 11 under and Tiger Woods at 10 under. The two will be paired in the final round of a tournament for the first time since the 2005 Ford Championship at Doral. They didn't know it after they signed their cards Sunday, but, even on Saturday, Mickelson pondered the possibility, saying that his coach, Butch Harmon, who once coached Woods, had told him to watch for a few nuances of the world's No. 1 player.

"In the past, I haven't really played that well with Tiger," Mickelson said. "But he [Harmon] told me a couple things that he likes to do, and I kind of was watching for it, and I chuckled throughout the round when I'd pick up on it. I think that working with Butch has really helped me understand how to get my best golf when I play in the same group as Tiger.

"And I'm hoping I have a chance to do that."

Gil Morgan won his 25th career Champions Tour title, closing with a five-under 67 for a two-stroke victory over Hale Irwin in the Wal-Mart First Tee Open at Pebble Beach, Calif.

Morgan, 60, won at Pebble Beach 15 years after a disappointing finish in the U.S. Open. In 1992, Morgan was 12 under after seven holes of the third round, the lowest anyone had been in a U.S. Open, but played the next seven holes in nine over and ended up tying for 13th.

"Pebble Beach is finally going to let me survive," Morgan said. "I kept thinking, 'It's going to give me a reprieve.' "

Morgan, who birdied four of the first six holes, finished with a 14-under 202 total.

Sherri Steinhauer made a 23-foot par putt on the final hole to hold off a late charge by Christina Kim and win the LPGA State Farm Classic by one stroke at Springfield, Ill. Steinhauer's final-round 67 gave her a winning total of 271.

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