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January 28, 2011

Truth & Rumors: Amy Mickelson walks Torrey: “This is huge for me”

Phil Mickelson’s 67 on the South Course at Torrey Pines on Thursday matched the best score of the day on the tougher of the facility’s two tracks. But the real Mickelson story was Amy, who is recovering from breast cancer but felt vigorous enough to follow her husband for 18 holes. That’s the first time she’s done that since the 2009 Masters, according The San Diego Star Tribune’s Tod Leonard, who caught up with Amy out on the course:

Looking fit and healthy, Amy Mickelson put her palm up to the bright blue sky, the Pacific Ocean glimmering in the distance, and said, “This is the most perfect, beautiful day. I don’t remember a more beautiful day out here.”

“This is huge for me,” she said. “It’s just so fun to be out here. Of course, I watched all of Phil’s rounds on TV, but it’s not the same as being here.

“I think going through cancer, you have to look at it not day by day, week to week. We have to look at how far we’ve come in a year. It’s a long road.”

Of having Amy in the gallery, Phil Mickelson said, “I forget how much I’ve missed having her out here.”

His scorecard showed it.

Grey Goose and Soda, meet Fuzzy and Tonic

FuzzyGreg Norman has his own wine. So does Jack Nicklaus. And Arnold Palmer. And Ernie Els. And Annika Sorenstam. Fuzzy Zoeller? He’s a vodka man. At the Champions Skins Game in Hawaii—sponsored in part by Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka—Zoeller told Ann Miller of The Honolulu Star Advertiser how his label came to be: 

"It all started about five years ago," he said. "I was sitting in my office in southern Indiana. A lot of people had come to me to ask me to do wines. That wine business is so competitive, so many players have their own. I had to do something a little different because I'm a different type person."

A friend suggested vodka, and Frank Urban Zoeller, who now calls his drink of choice a Fuzzy and Tonic, jumped.

He found an American distillery that would make a private label and spent four years creating the taste he wanted. He did blind tastings at his club, which confirmed his belief.

Vodka tastings with the Fuz? Now there’s a prize for your next charity golf outing.

Gov’t appointee charged with finding sponsor for PGA Tour event

Parks and Rec departments assume all kinds of responsibilities, like maintaining historical sites, administering basketball leagues, and filling unsightly pits. South Carolina’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism now has one other unusual duty: finding a sponsor for the Heritage, the beloved yet beleaguered PGA Tour event at Harbour Town Golf Links in Hilton Head. The governor of South Carolina, Nikki Haley, issued the mandate to new department head, Duane Parrish, a former hotel executive:

“She literally said, ‘You're the perfect person for the job, and we need a sponsor for the Heritage at Hilton Head,'” he said. “So I have my marching orders.”

Legislative proposals last year to borrow up to $10 million from the state Insurance Reserve Fund for the tournament or to allow local governments to collect a sales tax to pay for tourism-related projects failed to pass.

“The first priority we have given to Duane is we have to find a sponsor for that PGA event before June,” Gov. Haley said.

No pressure or anything.

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