On Phil Mickelson, a man trying to rediscover his game (

Phil Mickelson labored over his ball in the midday Florida heat and humidity, clearly considering all of the possibilities for his chip from 12 feet on his 17th hole of the day, from just off the green.

When he finally swung, the ball did as it was told, finding the bottom of the cup. The crowd of several hundred following him at the Valspar Championship on Thursday erupted, and as he walked to the ninth tee box, he was showered with well-wishes and gave it back with an enthusiastic thumbs-up.

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