Scott Pagliaro probably has some idea of what Phil Mickelson feels like today as both had very disappointing finishing rounds in their respective golf tournaments. Pagliaro shot a scorching 63 on Saturday in the Green Hills-Homer Delovich Memorial Tournament to take a five-stroke lead over defending champion Bill Capelety. But then on Sunday, when, as it turned out, a 75 would have given him the championship, his score soared to a 79. ...

This enabled young Micah Morrison, who will be a senior member of Fairmont State’s golf team in the fall, to prove that youth and consistency very often will win out. Morrison fired a 69 Sunday to follow up his 70 and grabbed the title by three strokes over Pagliaro. Capelety also slumped a bit on Sunday, following up his 68 with a 75 to finish third. ...

Poor Phil Mickelson. The way he blew the 2006 Open will be remembered for years to come. Instead of joining Tiger Woods by winning his third straight major, he played more like a tour rookie. All he needed was a par on No. 18 and he double-bogeyed the hole. ... Geoff Ogilvy was in the clubhouse, content with finishing second in his first U.S. Open and he ends up with the lowest score of all, although it was the most strokes over par (5) since Hale Irwin was 7 over at Winged Foot in the ’74 U.S. Open. We’ll probably never hear of Geoff Ogilvy again. ...

One of TV’s talking heads said that Phil Mickelson had finally gotten the monkey off his back in regard to winning “majors” and was now berating it with his putter when victory was in his grasp Sunday. This, of course, was prior to his major collapse.

They must keep statistics on everything in major league baseball. The Mets failed to score in the first inning last Friday, ending an eight-game streak. The 1913 Chicago Cubs and 1938 Philadelphia Athletics are the only other teams to score in the first inning of eight straight games. Wonder how many teams have scored in consecutive second innings. ...

Ex-Polar Bear kicking star Jay Carpenter predicted (on television) that the North team would win the North-South game on a last-second field goal. Didn’t happen. The South won, 33-22. ... Coach Ken Beerbower’s Post 17 American Legion team did an excellent job in the Hillbilly Hardball Classic at Elkins, finishing 5-2 in the event and runner-up to Beckley. ...

What has happened to former West Virginia standout Chris Henry, who kept his off-the-field record clean while wearing the Mountaineer uniform even though his on-the-field behavior sometimes left much to be desired.

He has now been arrested four times in the past seven months. The latest arrest charged him with providing alcohol for three underage girls — aged 18, 16 and 15. The older girl also charged him with sexual assault but she later changed her story and was charged with filing a false police report. ...

Rookie Francisco Liriano fanned 11 batters in seven innings as the Minnesota Twins nipped the Pirates Friday night. We saw Liriano in one of his first outings after he received a September callup by the Twins last Labor Day at the Metrodome in Minneapolis. ... He has now become one of the majors’ top rookies and a dominating starter for the Twins, as evidenced by his 6-1 record. ...

The Arizona Diamondbacks had lost 12 of their last 13 games prior to Monday’s game with the Pirates. This was one the Bucs should have won. But a team that can’t score with the bases loaded and no outs in the ninth and a runner on third with one out in the 10th doesn’t deserve to win. ...

Oliver Perez opposed two former Cy Young winners last week — Chris Carpenter of the Cardinals and Johan Santana of the Twins. He dropped both games but pitched extremely well in both. But those losses dropped his record to 2-9. ... The Pirates plan the worst team in baseball tonight through Thursday. What do you want to bet that even Kansas City gives them trouble. Everyone else does.

E-mail John Veasey at jcveasey@timeswv.com.

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