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Continued: In return from British Open win, Phil Mickelson has trouble regaining his focus at Bridgestone

  • Article by: RUSTY MILLER , AP Sports Writer
  • Last update: August 1, 2013 - 5:15 PM

Fans can hit two shots at a faux, 33-yard Monster, made out of green carpet with a mini-water hazard in front of the plastic-grass green. There's netting that prevents shanked shots from, say, decking Zach Johnson over on the 10th tee. It also eliminates the possibility of a skilled player lofting a high flop shot anywhere near the hole.

Dan Crowe, who manages the interactive site, said more than 900 people played the hole on Wednesday, with that number expected to rise each day through the weekend.

If one of your shots ends up on the green, you win a sleeve of golf balls. Hole a shot — like one lucky participant did — and you receive a $150 gift card toward either Bridgestone tires or golf equipment.

This much is certain: No one will be acing the real "Monster."

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STARTLING STAT: Tiger Woods has won 41 percent of his World Golf Championship starts. He's 3 for 13 in the Match Play event, 7 of 13 in both the Bridgestone and the Cadillac Championship and is 0 for 2 in the HSBC. That's 17 of 41 heading into this week's Bridgestone at Firestone Country Club.

Oh, and he has finished in the top 10 in 32 of 41 of those WGC tournaments — although he's won only one of the last 11 in which he's played.

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