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DIVOTS: The seventh hole at Bethpage Black, which played as a par 4 at 525 yards for the U.S. Open in 2009, will be returned to a par 5 for The Barclays later this month. That received strong approval from Phil Mickelson. “I’ve always been a fan of the original designer’s interests in how a golf hole is designed to play from its inception, as opposed to somebody else who comes in and tries to alter it for their own benefit or ego,” he said, without mentioning names. … British Open champion Ernie Els has already said he would return to the Frys.com Open at CordeValle, part of the Fall Series. … He is friends with Hasso Plattner, co-founder of SAP, who owns CordeValle. … Every winner of a PGA Tour event that awards full FedEx Cup points has qualified for the Bridgestone Invitational except for one _ Ben Curtis, who lives 15 minutes from Firestone. Curtis won the Texas Open, which had the weakest field of the year.

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STAT OF THE WEEK: Brendan Steele, tied for the lead going into the final round of the PGA Championship a year ago, is the fifth alternate this year.

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FINAL WORD: “I had trouble getting the butterflies to fly in formation.” _ William McGirt, in the final group for the first time on the PGA Tour at Canadian Open. He finished one shot behind.