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It’s difficult to quantify exactly how important the Mickelson/Kim connection could be for the U.S. squad. Although the two represent the United States’ strongest morning team according to world rankings, Azinger also hopes Kim’s excitement proves infectious. If he can galvanize the galleries in the event’s opening match and spur Lefty out of his scoring slump against the European duo of Padraig Harrington and Robert Karlsson, Kim likely will become the early candidate for American MVP.