Greetings From L.A., Volume 6

greetingsfromLAI don't have a whole lot to say yet about the final round because I want to ponder the events of Sunday and in particular, the 10th hole play. Oh, and, I want to go to bed.

In the meantime, I can report that this remark earned an audible groan from the assembled inkslingers who gathered for Charles Howell's post-Nissan Open victory interview room: 

JOAN vT ALEXANDER:   More important, you are on top of the FedExCup once again after another great week.  Congratulations.

CHARLES HOWELL III:  Thank you.  Obviously, the one time I really want to be on top of the FedExCup is a few months from now.  But I will definitely take this, and any time I can be leading a FedExCup list with the players in the world today, the players here at this field, is extremely special.  230136-683566-thumbnail.jpg
Charles Howell (click to enlarge)

Phil on 18 Sunday (click to enlarge)
Another point on Phil, before the game stories start appearing: it was a remarkable effort to shoot a final round 68 while his partners Padraig Harrington and Rich Beem stunk up the joint.

He spent an excessive amount of time waiting on them throughout the day, which may explain why they both so kindly offered to play out before Mickelson attempted his par putt in regulation.