Monday Scramble: Shanghai showdown

Welcome to the Monday Scramble, fresh off a major celebrity sighting.

Get this: We were fortunate enough to find ourselves in the Orlando International Airport Sunday morning, waiting for our golf clubs to come out of the oversized baggage chute alongside none other than Lee Janzen – The People’s Champion.

What else to call a two-time major winner that still flys Southwest?

(Oops, that was a pre-2008 U.S. economy joke.)

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Did you hear? Phil Mickelson took down Tiger Woods this weekend and won the world!

Actually, it was just a World Golf Championship, but, uh, yeah, you know.

Slow week...

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But really, thank goodness Phil Mickelson has a few majors in his pocket at this point, or else we’d have to try to find deeper meaning in that WGC-HSBC Champions victory he picked up in Shanghai.

In November.

Instead, we can just scrape the surface, give in to the hype and surmise that he will putt his way to the Grand Slam next year.*

*To be updated on the evening of April 11, 2010.

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WGC-HSBC:

Whoa!

Golf

Can

Have

Some

Big-time fun in

China

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We really think Tiger Woods should listen to an iPod while competing in order to drown out any errant camera clicks in the middle of his backswing, like the one Sunday in Shanghai.

Or at least carry extra iPods (or probably iPhones) to throw at those rude photographers.

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Phil Mickelson celebrates a par putt on the 16th green during the final round of the WGC-HSBC Champions.

One of our Scramble interns this morning tried to make us feel bad for not altering our sleep schedule in order to watch the final round of the WGC-HSBC live.

So before we made him go to Starbucks to get us a Grande Iced Strawberry Caramel Java Double Chocolate Chip Frappuccino Macchiato – with whipped cream – we asked him to remember the last time he heard about a young, promising American golfer whose love for the game blossomed while watching the WGC-HSBC Champions action live at 4 o’clock in the morning.

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Person most affected by Doug Barron, the golfer, failing a PGA Tour doping test?

Doug Barron, the New York based film, television and theater actor, whose Web site (www.dougbarron.com) appears first in a “Doug Barron” Google search.

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A quick summary of the questions the media will ask Rickie Fowler this week at the PGA Tour’s season-ending Children’s Miracle Network Classic at Walt Disney World:

Hey, Rickie. You’re awesome! Comment.

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So Michael Phelps is challenging anyone to drain more 5-foot putts into red Solo cups on a gymnasium floor in one minute than he can, through this YouTube/Olympic promotion.

For those of you currently watching another stupid YouTube video, Phelps made 12 putts in 60 seconds, including one at the buzzer.

How would you like having that problem, not being able to roll as many 5-foot putts into red Solo cups on a gymnasium floor in 60 seconds as you have Olympic gold medals?

(He’s got 14.)

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