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Today, on Thanksgiving Day, I’m thankful for home, health, happiness and the occasional putt that stumbles into the cup. I’m also thankful for, among other things:

Ron Green Sr.’s column on Thanksgiving Day is an Observer tradition, and every year he mentions his wife, Beth, letting his obvious love for her shine through. Here are the past 29 years’ worth.

The 2014 U.S. Open will be played at Pinehurst No. 2. It’s not flashy. It doesn’t sizzle. It’s just golf the way it should be.

For two rounds of the Wells Fargo Championship, the leader board had been various shades of beige – lots of off-Broadway guys up there – but Phil Mickelson took care of that Saturday, switching on the neon with golf that just plain defies logic.

How can a man shoot 80 one day and 62 the next? Like that’s going to happen, right? Well, it did. Brendon de Jonge, who was born in Zimbabwe but made his way through Virginia Tech and a lot of lesser golf tours before settling in Charlotte, did it Thursday and Friday at Quail Hollow in the Wells Fargo Championship. The 62 tied the course and tournament record set in 2010 by Rory McIlroy.

There’s a lot to be said for golf on television. ... So why will all those thousands of people be at Quail Hollow Club this week for the Wells Fargo Championship? Because golf is there, replete with just about everything good about it.

Picking winners on the PGA Tour is like buying a lottery ticket. Last year’s Wells Fargo winner Derek Ernst, who got in as an alternate, went off at 500-1.

Though 20-year-old Jordan Speith was a highlight, we found a Saturday Masters leader board that was a testimony to the boring parity that has crawled over the game like kudzu.

Quirky self-taught left-hander Bubba Watson, whose legendary 2012 shot is marked by an X in the woods, birdied the 12th and 13th to show Amen Corner who’s boss, then threw in three more birdies before the streak ended Friday at the Masters.

For a long while, it appeared Miguel Angel Jimenez, a 50-year-old Spaniard, would be the unlikely leader after the first day of the Masters. But a tricky Augusta course claimed several victims.

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Ron Green Sr.
Ron Green Sr. is a retired Observer columnist.
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