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August 14, 2009

CHASKA, Minn. -- Given all the family health issues Phil Mickelson has been dealing with, it's not surprising he hasn't played well in the 91st PGA Championship at Hazeltine National Golf Club. Has it been hard to focus this week?

"Possibly," said Mickelson, who is at eight-over after shooting even-par 72 on Saturday. "I think the biggest issue for me is I've got to get this putter straightened out. I've got to get confident on the greens. I've got to start seeing the lines better, get my speed better. Get the ball rolling better. Because if you get the ball in the hole, everything else falls into place."

Through three rounds, Mickelson has accumulated 97 putts. He used 30 Saturday, his lowest total of the week. Either way, it has been a disappointing tournament.

"It's frustrating for me to not be in contention on the weekends of a m ajor. That's the toughest thing. But also good motivation for me to work harder."


"No. Because I'd have a one-shot lead." -- Tiger Woods, when asked if he would rather play with Padraig Harrington on Sunday instead of Y.E. Yang

"I think I would. I think it would suit me better to have that sort of match-play style. I think I will get into it and hopefully raise my game." -- Harrington, when asked if he would prefer playing with Woods on Sunday

"My first time playing with him, so I'll try not to go over par." -- Yang on playing with Woods


"Hey, they have got 7,600 yards to work with and they are probably using 7,450 of it. I think it's nice variety." -- Steve Flesch, who shot 69


"I'm waterproof." -- Henrik Stenson, when informed there is a 70 percent chance of rain Sunday

"Depending on what the weather has in store for us, if it's another blustery day for us, anything in the red is a pretty good effort." -- Graeme McDowell

"All depends on what we get tomorrow, how much rain we get overnight, and how soft the golf course is going to play." -- Woods


"I think everybody was aware of Tiger's reputation when he was two." -- Harrington, when asked if he knew about Woods as a 19-year-old


"They like the action." -- Alvaro Quiros of Spain on the crowd's reaction to him

"I get that impression, yes. I get the impression there's a lot of people who are cheering me on, wanting me to push him along, but they still want Tiger to win. You know, they would like the idea of, let's support the underdog until he catches up and then we'll support Tiger again sort of thing. So be it. That's fine with me. I'll serve my time." -- Harrington on Woods' support from the fans

"The crowd was unbelievable. Felt like a home game to me." -- Ernie Els


"He told me that I should try to show him how to do it. But I think he used to be a little bit like me -- wild." -- Quiros, on what Tiger Woods said to him after he hit into his group on the par-5 11th hole with his second shot on Thursday

"I couldn't say to the media. I enjoy being with my friends and the good weather where I live. I like surfing a little bit. I play soccer, basketball. I mean a little of all. I like sports." -- Quiros, on not wanting to say how he spends his off time, but coming clean anyway


"I feel as if my game is really turning around." -- Rory McIlroy after a third-round 71


"I've been holding to form the rest of the year, though." -- *Corey Pavin, playing well this week, but well aware Ryder Cup captains struggle due to obligations and distractions *


"I'll be here until they carry me out and the message on my tombstone will be, 'I knew this would happen.' '' -- *Golf Digest Writer-at-Large Dan Jenkins, who is covering his 202nd major championship and 45th PGA *

Mark Soltau is a contributing editor to Golf Digest and the editor of