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“I was blown away when I played The Old White TPC earlier this year,” Watson said. “My family and I had a great time experiencing all of the different amenities the property offers and decided this was the perfect place for us.”

In honor of the relationship announced Tuesday, The Greenbrier will introduced a set of “Bubba” tees that guests can play on the Old White. Those who break 90 will have their names entered in a raffle, and two winners will have a chance to play with Watson.

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MINDFUL MICKELSON: Phil Mickelson is known almost as much for signing autographs as his five major championships.

He showed last week at Liberty National that he doesn’t just go through the motions. Mickelson played an 18-hole practice round for The Barclays, pulled out a marker and began working both sides of the fence lined with fans.

After signing each item, he handed it back to the person, looked them in the eye and said, “Thank you.”

He signed a program for one man and as he handed it back to him, Mickelson said, “Thanks for your patience. I saw you out there watching us.”

But it wasn’t all warm and fuzzy. As he went to sign a flag, he withdrew his pen and said to the man, “Sir, you already gave me one thing to sign. I won’t sign for you again.”

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MCCORMACK MEDAL: Lydia Ko is winning the Mark H. McCormack Medal about as often as Tiger Woods wins the professional version of it.

The 16-year-old Ko has won the McCormack Medal as the leading player in the World Amateur Golf Ranking for 2013. U.S. Amateur champion Matthew Fitzpatrick of England won for being the leading male amateur.

Ko won the medal for the third straight year.

“It means a lot, and to have won the medal three years in a row makes it more special,” she said. “To have maintained my position for the last three years has been meaningful. I won the U.S. Amateur last year. I wanted to win that championship so much. Without winning it, I may not have been able to maintain my position.”

Ko is coming off her second straight win in the Canadian Women’s Open on the LPGA Tour. She has been No. 1 in the women’s amateur ranking for 123 straight weeks. In the professional women’s ranking, she already is No. 7.

Fitzpatrick captured the medal by winning the U.S. Amateur to overtake Cheng-tsung Pan in the ranking. The McCormack Medal gives him a spot in the U.S. Open and the British Open next summer.

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