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Brandon TuckerThis Week at Feb. 15, 2007

Tiger Woods' new foe was born this weekend but it wasn't Phil Mickelson at Pebble Beach

It was a big weekend in the world of golf, and I'm not even talking about Phil Mickelson's victory at Pebble Beach. Sports announcers are prematurely calling it his big "comeback" and a "great story". Sure, it feels good reading that off the prompter. But we always knew Lefty had game.

Save the hyperboles until he wins back the U.S. Open.

Instead, I am giddy over of the future face of golf and the Answer to the U.S.'s poor production of young talent: a humble teenager who still has baby fat and looks up on Ian Woosnam.

A month after becoming the youngest player to make the cut in a PGA tournament and flirting with the leaderboard on the weekend, 16-year-old Tadd Fujikawa came from behind on Sunday to win the Pearl Open in Hawaii over a field of older pros.

It wasn't a big-time event and he only passed up $12K to stay amateur, but that isn't the point. Though perhaps only the second most famous teenaged golfer from Hawaii, he is more than a Mini-Wie. He is doing everything right and earning his stripes. Michelle can't even exercise without disaster striking anymore, and will likely miss the LPGA's first major of the year after hurting her wrist in fall.

Coulda-woulda-shoulda ain't Tadd's style. He's going to beat Tiger one day - before Sergio does. But that day is roughly five years, three months away (Player's Championship, 2011).

It's okay, Tadd, we'll be patient. Even though you're acting light years wiser than your chubby cheeks may lead on. Your sound bites are inspirational, not immature.

"I told myself hit the best shot you can, hit it solid and don't think about what the outcome is going to be," Fujikawa said after his win. "Trust it."

I want the 3-D cardboard cut-out of Fuji in my WorldGolf cubicle. I want the Fuji trading card. Is the official fan site up yet? When does FujiGolf come out for the Wii?

I've got a fever. And the only prescription is more Fuji!!!

As always, welcomes your comments.

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When you think of Palm Springs, you tend to think of amazing shopping, or resort-style living. After all, this is where big stars like Frank Sinatra used to hang out, as well as celebrities of today. But keep in mind: this is a desert area, and the desert can be rough. For golfers, Palm Springs is not always luxury, sometimes it reaches up and bites.

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Golf For BeginnersGolf for Beginners:
Woods and Wie take a
break as celebrities swing

This week, Barry and Stacy Solomon see that both Tiger Woods and Michelle Wie are taking time off, so they focus on the recent slew of celebrities that have invaded our game. And while some celebs know how to handle a club, others are in dire need of some help. All that and more on the latest edition of the popular podcast.

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Golf BagClive Agran: time for a Spring
cleaning of the old golf bag

For those that live in cold weather areas, sometimes Mother Nature just won't let you golf. So when snow was hitting the ground in England, Clive Agran decided it was a perfect time to organize his golf bag. The big question: Is it better to organize tees by color, or by size?.

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