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Here we go for this week:

A: Ernie Els (Backup: Vijay Singh)
B: Fred Couples (Backup: Charles Howell III)
B: Lee Westwood (Backup: Alex Prugh)
C: Charl Schwartzel (Backup: Ricky Barnes)

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This week is it, the final tuneup for next week’s Masters. The PGA Tour heads to Houston for the Shell Houston Open. It’s a great field — Phil, Ernie, Couples (who, by the way, has a pretty darn good shot next week) — and they’ll all be trying to walk into Augusta with a victory the previous week.

TV Coverage is Thursday-Friday, 4-7pm ET on Golf Channel, 1-5pm ET Saturday and 3-6pm ET on Sunday on NBC.

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These words are not that surprising, but Tiger Woods’ caddie, Steve Williams thinks that Tiger will be ready for next week at The Masters:

Augusta are very specific with who they let in there, so they are genuine golf fans,” Williams said. “I don’t really expect any of those people having any problems. I think they will be very happy to see Tiger playing at Augusta where he’s been successful.

“The people that are going to watch at Augusta are called patrons there, not spectators. They are all golf fans and it is a very difficult tournament to get into. It is the only golf tournament in the world there is waiting list to get in to.”

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“Tiger doesn’t play in golf tournaments unless he believes he can win,” Williams added. “By granting those media interviews and taking those questions about the Masters indicates to me that he really is getting ready and feels like he is going to be able to compete,” he said.

“Tiger’s key strength as we all know is his mental strength and he is going to need it all through this period.”

We’ll see how it all turns out next week.

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A new Vanity Fair piece with a couple of Tiger Woods’ mistresses asks an interesting question? Is Tiger Woods lying about if anyone in his inner circle was involved? According to ESPN.com:

In the April issue of Vanity Fair magazine, Mindy Lawton — a Orlando, Fla.-area waitress — said that Woods put her in touch with his agent, Mark Steinberg, when The National Enquirer learned of her affair with the golfer.

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According to Lawton, when she contacted Steinberg at Woods’ request, Steinberg said, “We’ll take care of it.”

She told Vanity Fair: “That’s when their brush-under-the-rug, the cover-up, happened.” She was referring to a deal that the Enquirer allegedly made with Woods’ handlers to hold the adultery story in exchange for Woods giving an exclusive interview to its sister publication, Men’s Fitness.

This of course goes against what Tiger said in his Golf Channel interview, saying no one in his camp knew. It is indeed troubling, and we now have to question Tiger’s honesty. I would, however, like to see the conversation move back to golf as we get closer to Masters week.

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From the New York Times’ Richard Sandomir:

On Monday, it said that ESPN would be able to break into its morning and afternoon programming to show Woods and his group’s first-round tee shots live from the first hole.

That will be the extent of the Woods exemption offered to ESPN. No second shots. No chips. No putts. Just the tee shot. A few moments and that is all.

This is, believe it or not, small progress for a golf club notorious for keeping old-time rules. But any progress is good progress, in my opinion.

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Finally, after all these years, I have the old CBS PGA Championship theme that they used for years up until 2007. Thanks to someone who searched on this blog today “”the gift” “david barrett” pga”, I have come up with it.

It is called “The Gift” by David Barrett (the same guy who is behind “One Shining Moment”. It is off his 2004 album “Themes and Inspirations,” and can be purchased for $0.99 on iTunes.

Thank you, thank you, thank you to whoever searched that term and ended up on my blog. Awesome.

(Update: I just read back through my old comments and realized that someone posted this on August 8, 2009. Sorry to that person that I didn’t pick up on this sooner.)

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Yes, you read that headline correctly:

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