Phil Mickelson has always given charity his best shot, but this wasn't it.
Mickelson's wedge shot from 100 yards during Monday Night Football sailed a bit long of the big-money targets and he had to settle for a $50,000 gift that will allow for First Book, a nonprofit organization that provides new books for needy children.
"I must have had a little bit more adrenaline because the ball was a little bit long," said Mickelson, a San Diego whose shot came during halftime of a game between the San Diego Chargers and Denver Broncos at Qualcomm Stadium. "I thought I hit a pretty good shot, but it flew long.
"I haven't had this experience. This is an amazing experience. In golf, we don't get this. The (raucous) 16th hole at TPC Scottsdale has nothing on this. This was awesome, seeing the Jumbotron with my picture as I'm looking up taking the shot. That was unique. That was something that was pretty cool."
Mickelson was hoping to hit one of tree concentric rings in the middle of the green in the opposite end zone during the "KPMG Chip4Charity" promotion, which could have raised anywhere from $100,000 to $1 million for the charity.
Still, the $50,000 will buy 20,000 books.
--The Tiger Woods Foundation has landed Northwestern Mutual as presenting sponsor for the 14th annual World Challenge, which will be played Nov. 28-Dec. 2 at Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks, Calif.
The 18-player field will include 13 of the 24 players who participated in the Ryder Cup earlier this month at Medinah.
Also in the hunt for the $1 million top prize will be Keegan Bradley, Jason Dufner, Jim Furyk, Dustin Johnson, Zach Johnson, Matt Kuchar, Webb Simpson, Brandt Snedeker, Steve Stricker and Bubba Watson from the U.S. Ryder Cup team.
From the winning European team are Ian Poulter and Graeme McDowell, who won this tournament in 2010.
Rounding out the field are Jason Day, Rickie Fowler, Hunter Mahan, Bo Van Pelt and Nick Watney.
The tournament, previously known as the Williams World Challenge, the Target World Challenge and the Chevron World Challenge, is without a title sponsor at the moment.
--Jonas Blixt of Sweden was mentally making plans for his first Masters as he wrapped up a one-stroke victory over Tim Petrovic and Jason Kokrak in the Frys.com Open two weeks ago.
Blixt, who played college golf at Florida State, was thinking that he could drive to Augusta National in about four hours from his home in Jacksonville, Fla.
Not so fast.
"I just assumed that every winner got into Augusta," said Blixt, who became the third rookie to win on the PGA Tour in 2012, joining John Huh and Ted Potter Jr. "I was a little devastated when my caddie told me I wasn't in."
Winners of tournaments during the Fall Series are not awarded spots in the Masters, which gives a berth to every tournament champion on the PGA Tour during the regular season and the FedEx Cup playoffs.
Blixt, who rose to 35th on the PGA Tour money list, can still get into the field for the first major of the year by finishing the season in the top 30. He also will have chances at the beginning of next season.
Beginning next year, the four tournaments that make up the Fall Series will become the first events of the 2014 PGA Tour season, with full FedEx Cup points and Masters berths at stake.
--Rory McIlroy was so worn down at the end of his busy golf schedule last year that it might have led to him coming down with a mild case of dengue fever on a trip to Asia.
So he cut his schedule a bit for this year and said he plans to do more of the same in 2013.
"It has been a great season and I am ready to be done," said the No. 1 player in the World Golf Rankings. "It is just such a long season these days. But then I feel I have an obligation to play some of these big events leading up to Dubai.
"I won't find it tough to get myself up for my last events, as I want to win the Race to Dubai, especially after coming close a few times."
McIlroy is leading the money lists on the PGA Tour and the European Tour. He's trying to match the feat of Luke Donald, who last year became the first player to win both titles in the same season.
Of course, it was done unofficially several times by Tiger Woods, but he did not have European Tour membership.
The 23-year-old McIlroy has played in 21 official individual tournaments this season and will compete in another four to six before the year ends.
"I would just love to cut my schedule back even further and I think next year I will cut it down again to a max play of 22 or 23," said McIlroy, who is playing this week in the BMW Masters at Lake Malaren Golf Club in Shanghai.
McIlroy's travels include more than golf, as he was in Moscow last week to watch his girlfriend, Caroline Wozniaki, play in the Kremlin Cup.
--Rickie Fowler was unable to defend his first professional title last week at the Kolon Korea Open because of a back injury that has bothered him in recent months.
The 23-year-old Fowler also withdrew from the CIMB Classic this week in Malaysia.
"I am sorry to confirm, but I will not be competing in the Kolon Korea Open next week, nor the CIMB Classic the following week in Malaysia as planned," Fowler said in a statement.
"Unfortunately, while not serious, I have battled a back issue for the past few months, and my doctors have instructed me that international travel and any tournament play is not in my best interest at this time."
Fowler claimed his first PGA Tour title this year by beating Rory McIlroy and D.A. Points with a birdie on the first playoff hole and seemed almost certain at that time to make the United States Ryder cup team.
However, he slumped toward the end of the season, failing to finish in the top 20 in his last nine PGA Tour events after tying for second in the Players Championship in May.
Rickie didn't make any excuses, but the back problem might have been a contributing factor.