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“I’m just kind of a silent partner,” Mickelson said.

Mickelson, a San Diego area native, said the idea of getting involved with the team intrigued him.

“I really like the people I’m involved with,” he said. “And I think they’re just as competitive as I am, and I’m excited about bringing something to the community.”

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SPIRIT LEVEL: Padraig Harrington has been known to do a lot of experimenting to find ways to improve his golf game.

Fans watching practice rounds at the British Open had to wonder what he was doing laying down a carpenter’s level (known here as a spirit level), though, on the greens of Royal Lytham & St. Annes. Turns out he was just trying to read the greens.

“I did go out and pick a number of pin positions on each green and took a spirit level out and measured the straight putt on basically all those positions trying to find their low point,” Harrington said.

Strange, perhaps, but Harrington seems to be finding his form heading into the British Open. He played well in the U.S. Open and is hoping to regain the form that won him this Open in 2007 and 2008.

“If I get one of two pins right the whole week it will be worthwhile,” Harrington said. “But it was really more an exercise in what I see and this is what the spirit level says I see, and just calibrating my eyesight more than anything else.”