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Mickelson commits to play in final major tournament of the year

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CHASKA, Minn. --- Phil Mickelson is coming back for the PGA Championship.

Event organizers confirmed that Mick-elson will play in the season's fourth and final major, which starts Aug. 13 at Hazeltine in this community southwest of Minneapolis. Mickelson is expected to return to the tour next week at the Bridgestone Invitational in Akron, Ohio.

Mickelson, who did not speak with reporters during Wednesday's practice round here, left the tour two months ago to be with his wife, Amy , who was diagnosed with breast cancer. She had surgery July 1. At about that time, Mickelson learned his mother has breast cancer as well.

Before missing the British Open this month, Mickelson had the longest active streak of majors played, at 61.

In a statement posted on his Web site, Mickelson said he will also play in the Barclays Golf Tournament two weeks after the PGA Championship, "and if things continue to go well I'll be able to play more."

BUICK OPEN PRO-AM: Bob Seger stood over his ball at the very outer arc of the green, sweat soaking through his blue golf shirt. The Michigan rock 'n roll legend narrowed his eyes, wiggled his hips and apprehensively eyed a long birdie putt on the fourth hole of the Buick Open Pro-Am tournament.

When the ball hit the bottom of the cup, the crowd at Warwick Hills burst into cheers and Seger fired off a fist-punch celebration made famous by the man standing on the other side of the green. Tiger Woods could only smile.

Seger and Woods headlined the pro-am program, and their fivesome finished 8-under par.

At least one member of the group paid more than $100,000 for the opportunity to play with Woods and Seger.

In many ways, Seger was the main attraction. For a state in deep economic trouble, Seger's presence was a powerful boost.

At No. 16, a home along the course had Seger's 1978 hit Old Time Rock 'n Roll playing loud and clear on a stereo.

"We had to make him feel at home," said homeowner Jeff Powell said. "Every person who came by said, 'Turn it up.' "


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