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June 2 2012

11:30 PM

Notes from inside the ropes

By Fred Albers, PGATOUR.COM Correspondent Tough finish: The 18th hole has been 442 yards of torture for players this week. It ranks as the second-hardest hole on the golf course and gave a brutal demonstration of difficulty to Camilo Villegas on Saturday. With the hole cut just nine paces onto the right side of the green, players kept spinning the ball off the false front and back down into the fairway. For Villegas, it turned into "groundhog day." He would spin it off the green, then hit it long and chip it back over the green again. It wound up as a 10 for Villegas with a score of 47 on his inward nine. Tiger fever: What started as allergies for Tiger Woods has developed into a sinus problem. He ran a fever on Friday night and was visibly sick during Saturday's round. Woods took several breaks while warming up on the driving range and would sit down when given a chance on tee boxes. Tiger battled through the illness but his putter looked equally fatigued. Woods made no putts longer than 4 feet, 8 inches and had a total of 40 feet, 9 inches worth of putts for the entire round. Spencer on fire: Spencer Levin continues to have short game magic. He has taken a total of 73 putts for 54 holes -- the lowest of any player. Levin eliminated the putter altogether on two holes during Saturday's round. He chipped in for eagle at the fifth hole and then chipped in for birdie at the 10th. Souvenir: Rory Sabbatini's approach into the fifth hole sailed a little long and hit a man square in the chest. The fan wasn't injured and when Sabbatini chipped onto the green then made his birdie putt, he walked over to the man and gave him the souvenir golf ball fresh out of the cup. Surprise: Levin had already conceded the miss. He pulled his par putt on the eighth hole and was going to make bogey. Fortunately the cup was kind. The ball rolled to the hole, did a complete 360 and toppled into cup. Levin looked shocked. Like a burglar, Levin strolled to the cup and snatched the ball away then left the scene of the crime with a look of amazement on his face.
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