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Phil Mickelson might get a chance to back up his talk about being an advocate for making courses more playable for the golfing public.

According to a report in the San Diego Union-Tribune, the city of San Diego's golf division is considering a renovation of the Torrey Pines North Course, co-host venue of last week's Farmers Insurance Open. Southern California native Mickelson, who, the report said, met with San Diego mayor Jerry Sanders last week, would donate his services to the project.

Prior to the 2008 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines' South Course -- won by Tiger Woods in a dramatic 19-hole playoff with Rocco Mediate -- the venue underwent a renovation by Rees Jones.

An outspoken Mickelson showed his displeasure with some of Jones' recent work, including his update of Atlanta Athletic Club, site of Keegan Bradley's victory last year in the PGA Championship.

A recent poll of PGA Tour players by GolfWorld magazine ranked Torrey Pines' North Course as the 48th best venue out of 52. The Torrey Pines South Course, which co-hosts the PGA Tour event, ranked 31st. Mickelson has won the PGA Tour event at Torrey Pines three times in his career. Last week, he missed the cut, shooting an opening-round 77 on the more difficult South Course and following with a 68 on the much easier North Course.

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