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Phil Mickelson's connection with Pebble Beach runs deeper than his four victories.
It's the coin in his pocket.
Mickelson's grandfather, Al Santos, grew up in Monterey and had to leave school at age nine to go to work. He was a caddie at Del Monte Golf Course, and was among the first caddies to work at a new golf course that opened in 1919 called Pebble Beach.
''He always felt poor, and there were many days where he wasn't able to eat,'' Mickelson said.
Santos kept in his pocket a silver dollar from 1900 that he never spent. Instead, he rubbed the coin whenever he felt poor, a small comfort to know that he had money. He died in 2004, just months before Mickelson won the first of his four majors.
''I have that silver dollar today, and I've used it during the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am as a marker, and will continue to do so,'' Mickelson said in a conference call last month. ''And he used to work, I believe, for 35 cen...
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