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“I’ve got the gift of gab,” Beem said. “I am full of a lot of things.”

Beem worked for TNT Sports at the PGA Championship in 2010 at Whistling Straits, with two days for the 3-D coverage on the par-3 11th and par-3 17th, and then Saturday and Sunday covering the marquee group.

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DIVOTS: Titleholders winner Na Yeon Choi has donated $30,000 to the LPGA-USGA Girls Golf program to provide golf equipment to young girls starting out in the game. “I want to give the girls my message. Have a dream and achieve it,” Choi said. … Of the regular PGA Tour events, the AT&T National at Congressional played the most difficult. Tiger Woods, the winner, was among only 14 players to broke par and the course played an average of 2.046 strokes over par. … The Players Championship raised $6.5 million for local charities, breaking its record of $5.9 million from last year. … Five Americans won on the LPGA Tour this year, the most since 2008. … Only three players in their 40s _ Steve Stricker, Phil Mickelson and Ernie Els _ won on the PGA Tour, the lowest number over the last 10 years. … Gary Player will be co-host of the iGATE CEO Cup on Jan. 12-13 at the TPC Sawgrass. The tournament is inviting CEOs of Global 2000 companies to compete for a $100,000 purse, with all earnings going to their chosen charities.

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(MOST PECULIAR) STAT OF THE WEEK: Phil Mickelson saved par nine times after hitting into the water, the most of anyone on the PGA Tour this year.

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FINAL WORD: “Congratulations on a successful surgery.” _ Stacy Lewis during her acceptance speech as LPGA player of the year, to Gary Brock, the doctor who inserted a steel rod and five screws in her back 10 years ago because of her scoliosis.

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