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INFLATED STAT OF THE WEEK: Steve Stricker has made $1.82 million in three tournaments this year. Arnold Palmer made $1,861,857 in 734 career tournaments.

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FINAL WORD: “When a course is short, they end up having tricky pin positions. This is what we’ll all be worried about at Merion. We prefer a big, solid golf course made easier rather than a short golf course made trickier.” _ Padraig Harrington.