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Now is a good time, which might explain why he got rid of the old driver the way he did. Or maybe not.

“Yeah, absolutely,” Stenson said as his dry humor began to emerge. “That was the main focus. Get something with a little bit less spin. Let’s finish the old one off right here and now in front of everybody on 18. Perfect.”

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MICKELSON GAME: Phil Mickelson had planned to bring Jordan Spieth into his money game last week at the BMW Championship. Mickelson wants younger players involved to get them ready for matches that really matter, like the Presidents Cup in two weeks.

Mickelson didn’t get to Chicago until that Wednesday night because of personal reasons, so they played Wednesday at East Lake.

Spieth did great. Or at least, he had a great partner.

Word is that Spieth and Steve Stricker won the match and every press against Mickelson and Keegan Bradley, with Stricker doing most of the damage. Butch Harmon, who walked most of the day with them, had Stricker down for seven birdies and an eagle. Asked if that was the case, Stricker smiled and said, “I didn’t keep track.”

So, yes.

Mickelson and Bradley were a tough team at the Ryder Cup. Could a partnership of the 46-year-old Stricker and 20-year-old Spieth make its debut at Muirfield Village?

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HAVE JACKET, WILL TRAVEL: Masters champion Adam Scott talked earlier this year about the joy of waking up in The Bahamas and having a green jacket in his closet.

It doesn’t stay there.

Scott says he packs golf’s most famous jacket for just about every trip, including the Tour Championship.

“It’s here with me,” Scott said with a smile. “It comes pretty much everywhere. I wear it in my hotel room all the time just by myself.”

He was kidding about the last part _ maybe.

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