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Different strokes for different golfers

If you ever wanted to see the same game played two different ways, you could have followed the Phil Mickelson- Paul Goydos pairing Saturday.

We all know about Mickelson's power and pedal-to-the-metal style. Goydos is the opposite. He's a relatively short hitter, tends to play the percentages and makes plenty of putts.

When they weren't talking to each other during their afternoon round, they were giving contrasting demonstrations of golf at the highest level.

And just when you think you've figured them out, they get to the short par-4 eighth hole. One drive lands just short of the green and rolls a few yards back down the hill. The other is played safely, laying back from the green about 60 yards. It was Mickelson who played the short shot, Goydos the one who tried to drive the green.

Mickelson knew exactly what he was saying when he called Quail Hollow's greens "the worst" on tour. He said it in a radio interview, a television interview and to writers.

He seemed almost to be making a point by having caddie Jim "Bones" Mackay not tend the flag stick on the 18th green. Mickelson had left himself a 58-foot putt that he couldn't stop close to the hole because of the slope. He rolled his first putt to within 8 feet, then made the par putt but he wasn't happy.

No question the greens at Quail Hollow are severe, especially the 12th green, which Mickelson pointed out. But the worst?

When players finish their rounds, they go to the scoring room inside the clubhouse then come out to make plans with their caddies, talk to the media and sometimes sign autographs.

Every once in a while a player is approached by two men who speak privately to them and hand the player some paperwork. They're the drug-testing guys. It's the golfer's lucky day.

It's surprising to see Davis Love III in today's final pairing only because he snuck up the leader board late in his round and is almost quietly tied for second.

This has always seemed like the kind of place where Love could win, but he's 46 now and admittedly past his prime. That doesn't, however, mean he can't still summon what it takes to win. If it were to happen today, it would be among the most popular victories in this event's relatively short history.

I'm not sure what to expect from the course set-up today. Will they go with tough hole locations or will it be set up to encourage birdies and aggressive play the way Augusta National has done the past couple of years? It's been tough enough already. I'd like to see it set for scoring.

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