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LA JOLLA, CA - JANUARY 31: Phil Mickelson hits his tee shot on the 12th hole on the South Course at Torrey Pines Golf Course during the final round of the Farmers Insurance Open on January 31, 2010 in La Jolla, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
If you've ever wondered why Phil Mickelson is such a huge draw with galleries all over the world, then you had to be beside the 15th green at the British Open on Thursday at Muirfield to find out. I was and couldn't believe his generosity and thoughtfulness. The four-time major champion had just birdied the hole to move to 3 under par and was on his way to the 16th tee. That's when he spotted a small boy -- 9-year-old Ross Brown -- in the crowd with a cast on his left arm. Mickelson checked his pace and handed the ball to the little boy, saying a few words to him as he did so. The smile on the little boy's face told you the left-hander had gained a fan for life. Players giving balls away is pretty regular. Ian Poulter usually hands balls to fans after he's made a bogey. His take is that the ball brought him a bit of bad luck so you might as well make someone happy. "Besides, I get them for free now so I can afford to give them away," Poulter said. That's in regular tour events,...
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