Look like Phil?

If you look like Phil Mickelson or so a good impersonation of him, there’s an open casting call (to be in a commercial with him) tomorrow at the Crowne Plaza Beverly Hills.
Here’s part of the release regarding the event:
Avid golf fans can also visit ameetingwithphil.com to submit a story or video for a chance to participate with
Phil Mickelson in the Crowne Plaza national TV ad campaign. The A Meeting with Phil ad campaign with Mickelson and selected golf fans is slated to air April through September 2008.
WHERE: Crowne Plaza Beverly Hills
1150 S. Beverly Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90035
310-553-6561
WHEN: Tuesday, January 29
10 AM 5 PM

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Exemptions for Northern Trust Open

Just talked to Northern Trust Open tournament director Tom Pulchinski this morning. Northern Trust had an event at Tiffany’s in Beverly Hills to unveil the tournament’s new trophy. It was a nice trophy with an outline of the exterior of Riviera’s clubhouse on the bottom.
Anyway, Pulchinski said that John Daly, Kevin Streelman, Chez Reavie and Lee Westwood will receive the four sponsor exemptions for the tournament. Anthony Kim of Studio City received one last year, but, with the year he had last year doesn’t need one this year.

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Tiger’s big win

Tiger Woods had a remarkable victory in the Buick Invitational on Sunday, winning by a tournament record eight strokes at Torrey Pines. It was his 62nd PGA Tour victory, which ties Arnold Palmer. And Tiger is just 32. He might be better than ever. Should we just crown him the U.S. Open winner right now? The U.S. Open is at Torrey Pines, where Tiger has won four consecutive Buick Invitational titles and six overall. He’s played the Buick 11 times as a pro and when he didn’t win it, he finished no worse than top-10.

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Tiger on the Grand Slam

Tiger Woods believes the Grand Slam is a possibility this year – and he’s saying that on the eve of his first tournament of the season at the Buick Invitational at Torrey Pines. Asked if he’s setting up fans for disappointment by making such a tournament early, Woods said:
“Well, I’ve had that happen before, won two majors in a row and people say, “What’s wrong with you?”. It is what it is. The question is, `Do I see it as a possibility?’ And I say yes. As I said, a lot of different factors go into it, and hopefully all those factors line up for me. The venues, this year, I like all the venues, but I’ve liked all the venues before in the past. It’s just a matter of getting your game coming together at the right time and getting all the right breaks. You’re going to have to get lucky every now and then, and hopefully, you get lucky at the right times.

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Tiger on Northern Trust Open

Tiger Woods has not confirmed whether or not he’ll play in the Northern Trust Open at Riviera. Here’s what he said Tuesday:
“L.A. is still kind of up in the air,” Woods said. “I always love playing Riviera. … Hopefully, one of these years I’ll be able to get it under my belt.”
Woods is 0-for-11 – including two years as an amateur – at Riviera.

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Hear Tiger Woods roar

Tiger Woods is playing in a pro-am right now in preparation for this week’s Buick Invitational at Torrey Pines. Afterward, he’ll hold a press conference – his first official one of the season. We were at his press conference at the Tiger Woods Learning Center on Monday, where he announced his new ”first pump” challenge for children and unveiled a statue of he and his father. He spoke briefly about the Kelly Tilghman situation. We’ll discuss the season, how he thinks the grand slam is a possibility this season and his dominance at Torrey Pines, site of this year’s U.S. Open.
I’ll post entries from the presser this afternoon.

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Tiger at Torrey…a winning combo

Should we just write Tiger in for the U.S. Open championship now? Tiger has won the Buick Invitational at Torrey Pines five times in 100 appearances. Of the five times he didn’t win, he finished in the top-10. The U.S. Open is at Torrey this year. The course will be set up differently, but Tiger always plays well here.

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Rory Sabbatini makes donation

Rory Sabbatini is making news off the golf course. Sabbatini will make the single-largest one-time donation by an individual to the United Through Reading Military program tomorrow. The amount was unspecified.
Sabbatini will make the donation tomorrow at the Naval Base San Diego with his wife, Amy. This is a nonprofit program that enables deployed parents onboard Navy ships to share their love and support with their children by reading books aloud on DVDs.

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