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Someone pointed out that when Mickelson arrived this week, he said the place “re-energized” him, then asked, “How would you describe it?”

“Well,” Couples said after a moment’s reflection, “I’m not ever energized. But I do wait the whole year to come and play here.”

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Jim Litke is a national sports columnist for The Associated Press. Write to him at jlitke(at)ap.org