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Mickelson: The people’s champ

Golfer Phil Mickelson is known almost as much for signing autographs as his five major championships. He showed last week at Liberty National that he doesn’t just go through the motions. Mickelson played an 18-hole practice round for The Barclays, pulled out a marker and began working both sides of the fence lined with fans. After signing each item, he handed it back to the person, looked them in the eye and said, “Thank you.” He signed a program for one man and as he handed it back to him, Mickelson said, “Thanks for your patience. I saw you out there watching us.” But it wasn’t all warm and fuzzy. As he went to sign a flag, he withdrew his pen and said to the man, “Sir, you already gave me one thing to sign. I won’t sign for you again.” – AP