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Mark Calcavecchia still finding his rhythm on the Champions

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[Editor's note: Greg Vara is on-site for Devil Ball at the 3M Championship.]

BLAINE, Minn. -- Mark Calcavecchia is playing as if he's 47 again -- 47 being his age when he last won on the PGA TOUR. Since that victory, there have been highs and lows; he experienced both at St. Andrews earlier this year, but he now stands one round away from his highest point since his win at the PODS Championship.

A win for Calc this week wouldn't exactly remove the memory of a tough third round at the British Open, but it would prove that what he's said all along, that he couldn't wait to get on The Champions Tour because he'd feel more comfortable out here.

His play over the first 34 holes at the 3M Championship would indicate that his comfort level is indeed pretty high right now, but it certainly didn't appear that way heading off the 18th green on Saturday. A wayward approach shot left Calcavecchia in a tough spot behind the 18th green and he went on to bogeyed the final hole on Saturday. Coupled with a bogey on the 17th, Calc was understandably upset after his round. Pondering where it all went wrong Calcavecchia said, "I've hit four bad shots all week and I have four bogeys." Perhaps not entirely true, but it goes to show his mindset after blowing a two-shot lead heading into the final hole on Saturday.

Though clearly frustrated, Calcavecchia appears ready to move on from a disappointing end to his round on Saturday. After all, he is still tied for the lead. As for Sunday, Calcavecchia plans to start aggressive, thinking that -20 should be enough to win this week. If the first two rounds are any indication, he's correct; it will take yet another low score on Sunday to walk away with the trophy.

As for David Frost, Calcavecchia's co-leader and playing partner on Saturday, he's not looking ahead, choosing to stay focused on what he's doing and not worrying so much about his competition. His "whatever happens, happens", attitude seems to be in direct contrast to Calcavecchia. I asked Frost if he'd switch into match-play mode at any point on Sunday, to which he replied, "I'll let you know tomorrow." True to his word and demeanor, he will not look ahead; he'll simply walk off the 18th green on Sunday as the 2010 3M Champion, or something less.

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