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“It’s only like 50 yards, maybe, at the most from the practice tee to the first tee,” he said. “But for him it must seem like it’s 550 yards, because once he gets over that first tee, something different happens.”

Barkley was tied for second to last after Friday’s first round.

“He’s probably the most humble, gracious, giving professional athlete-celebrity that I’ve ever seen, and one of my favorite people in the world,” Haney said. “And it bothers me when I see him out there just struggling so much.”