Mickelson to take aggressive
approach on links course putts
Phil Mickelson is banking on a change in strategy on the greens in the next two weeks to break his tournament drought in Great Britain.
The American left-hander has finished in the top 10 at the British Open just once — at Troon in 2004 — and is using this week’s Scottish Open, on a links course at Castle Stuart in Inverness, as preparation for the year’s third major.
Mickelson acknowledged Wednesday that his failure to master British greens is the root of the problem.
“The biggest reason is the greens,” the sixth-ranked Mickelson said. “I have not putted well. The grass is a little bit more coarse, a little thicker, has a little bit more effect, and you need to putt with less break and more aggression is what I’ve come to find.
“I’m going to try to do that this week and next week and see if that doesn’t combat some of the issues that I’ve had putting here.”
Also: Thomas Levet’s exuberant celebration of jumping into a lake after winning his home tournament in France last weekend cost him a place in the British Open.
Levet withdrew from the year’s third major after being ruled out for six weeks with a broken shin. He broke the bone when jumping into a lake to celebrate his victory at the French Open on Sunday.
His spot at Royal St. George’s will go to Robert Garrigus of the United States.
Tim Clark withdrew from the British Open, the second straight major he is missing because of an elbow injury.
He will be replaced by Anthony Kim.
T-Wolves’ Beasley ticketed for
marijuana possession, speeding
Minnesota Timberwolves forward Michael Beasley was ticketed for possessing 16.2 grams of marijuana and speeding in the Minneapolis suburb of Minnetonka last week.
Capt. Scott Boerboom said an officer stopped Beasley around 3 a.m. on June 26 on Interstate 394 after clocking him going 84 mph in a 65 mph zone. He said the officer smelled a strong odor of marijuana coming from the car.
The possession charge is a petty misdemeanor that carries a fine of $128.
Also: The Indiana Pacers promoted interim coach Frank Vogel to head coach.
Vogel took over for Jim O’Brien at the middle of last season, went 20-18 to close the regular season and led the team to its first playoff berth since 2006. Pacers president Larry Bird called Vogel the favorite to get the job from the beginning of the search.
Reggie Jackson’s stepmother
halted in online auction try
A Las Vegas federal judge shut down an online auction of memorabilia belonging to Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson.
U.S. District Judge Kent Dawson issued a temporary restraining order against Las Vegas-based American Memorabilia Inc. The company had been asked by Jackson’s stepmother to auction a purported 1977 World Series championship ring and a watch given to Jackson by the New York Yankees.
Jackson said he gave the items to his father with the understanding that they would remain in the family. Jackson said the ring is a World Series replica.
Also: Top-ranked Caroline Wozniacki retired from her second-round match against local favorite Sofia Arvidsson at the Swedish Open in Bastad because of a shoulder injury.
The Dane won the first set 6-2 and lost the opening game of the second set when she was forced to quit.
Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova pulled out of next week’s Gastein Ladies in Vienna because of a leg injury.
The 21-year-old Czech said she “cannot play due to the muscle injury I picked up at Wimbledon. … I played with painkillers at Wimbledon. I still need rest for a couple of more days.”
Hall of Famer John McEnroe has joined Andre Agassi, Pete Sampras and Michael Chang on the bill for the Oct. 15 Champions Series tennis event at the Thomas & Mack Center.
McEnroe, 52, a former world No. 1 who has won four U.S. Open and three Wimbledon titles, replaces Jim Courier.
Barry Bremen, a Detroit-area businessman whose fun-loving, gate-crashing stunts led him to shoot layups before NBA All-Star games, accept an Emmy Award for best supporting actress and flee from veteran baseball manager Tommy Lasorda, died of cancer at age 64.
Sometimes called the “Great Impostor,” Bremen became known in the 1980s for sneaking onto professional courts and fields donning chicken suits as well as player and umpire uniforms — capers that required such accomplices as baseball player George Brett and golfer Jack Nicklaus.
Jim Nantz, CBS’ lead NFL play-by-play voice since 2004, will receive this year’s Pete Rozelle Radio-Television Award from the Pro Football Hall of Fame for “longtime exceptional contributions to radio and television in professional football.”