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Six Degrees: Angela Merkel to Phil Mickelson

September 28th, 2009
05:01 PM ET

What links Angela Merkel to Phil Mickelson? (PHOTO: AFP/GETTY IMAGES)
What links Angela Merkel to Phil Mickelson? (PHOTO: AFP/GETTY IMAGES)

LONDON, England - It’s time for “Six Degrees” — our weekly challenge for Connect the World viewers and Web users.

Here’s how to play: We choose two people in the news this week and ask you to connect them through the six steps.

In this week’s challenge we want you to connect Angela Merkel, who's just been elected German Chancellor for a second time, to golfer Phil Mickelson, who's won the U.S. Tour championship.

You need to come up with five other people between those two for a total of six links.

Leave your submissions in the comments section below, and the team will pick the most creative connection, and I’ll announce the winner on Friday’s show.

Need some inspiration? Check out last week’s winner, Dany Pelligrino, who connected tennis star Justine Henin to former Governor of Alaska Sarah Palin.

Here’s how he did it:

– Justine Henin beat Serena Williams in the U.S. Open quarterfinals in 2007.

– Williams has appeared on "America's Next Top Model" hosted by Tyra Banks

– Who has also interviewed model Iman

– Who starred alongside Steve Martin in "L.A. Story".

– Martin also appeared in the film "Baby Mama" starring Tina Fey

– Who returned to "Saturday Night Live" last year with a dead-on impersonation of - and on one show appeared alongside - former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin.

Remember: you need five other people between those two: no more, no less. If you want your friends to take the challenge as well, then click the “share post” button below.

To see previous challenges, click here. Happy connecting!

soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. Randy Herrera

    Angela Merkel is the leader of Germany and had a nice relationship with George W. Bush.

    George W. Bush and John McCain battled it out for the Republican nomination in 2000.

    John McCain was defeated by Barack Obama for the presidency of the United States in 2008.

    Tiger Woods spoke at Barack Obama's inauguration festivities.

    Tiger Woods place second yesterday to Phil Mickelson in the Tour Championship.

    September 28, 2009 at 9:07 pm | Reply
  2. Marcus Inglez

    Angela Merkel
    was in
    "Die 100 nervigsten ..." (2004)
    with
    Michael Schumacher (1)
    was in
    Forbes Celebrity 100: Who Made Bank? (2006) (TV)
    with
    Phil Mickelson (2)

    or

    Angela Merkel
    was in
    "2006 FIFA World Cup" (2006)
    with
    David Beckham (1)
    was in
    Forbes Celebrity 100: Who Made Bank? (2006) (TV)
    with
    Phil Mickelson (2)

    or

    Angela Merkel
    was in
    "Die 100 nervigsten ..." (2004)
    with
    Heidi Klum (1)
    was in
    Forbes Celebrity 100: Who Made Bank? (2006) (TV)
    with
    Phil Mickelson (2)

    or

    Angela Merkel
    was in
    "Berlin Mitte" (1999) {Jobkiller oder Wirtschaftswunder – Was bringt uns die EU?
    with
    Tony Blair (1)
    was in
    "Caiga quien Caiga" (1996)
    with
    Pedro Almodóvar (2)
    was in
    The 75th Annual Academy Awards (2003) (TV)
    with
    Martin Landau (3)
    was in
    "Entourage" (2004) {Redomption (#5.6)}
    with
    Phil Mickelson (4)

    September 28, 2009 at 9:09 pm | Reply
  3. Marcus Inglez

    Sorry guys... can't get the fifth... yet 🙂

    September 28, 2009 at 9:11 pm | Reply
  4. Marcus Inglez

    Angela Merkel
    was in
    Deutschland. Ein Sommermärchen (2006)
    with
    Michael Schumacher (1)
    was in
    Cars (2006)
    with
    Tom Hanks (2)
    was in
    The 68th Annual Academy Awards (1996) (TV)
    with
    Claudia Schiffer (3)
    was in
    De tú a tú (1990)
    with
    Almodovar (4)
    The 75th Annual Academy Awards (2003) (TV)
    with
    Martin Landau (5)
    "Entourage" (2004) {Redomption (#5.6)}
    with
    Phil Mickelson (6)

    That's it!! Six Degrees, no more, no less 🙂

    September 28, 2009 at 9:22 pm | Reply
  5. Julia Poertner

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel belongs to the same political party as…

    German Federal President Horst Köhler (1)...

    who awarded the former coach of the German national soccer team Juergen Klinsmann (2) the Federal Cross of Merit.

    Juergen Klinsmann was interviewed by CNN’s Tottenham Hotspur supporter Becky Anderson (3)...

    who also interviewed the former coach of the German national soccer team Franz Beckenbauer (4)...

    who designed and built a golf course together with his friend and German golf pro Bernhard Langer (5)...

    who was in one flight with Phil Mickelson (6) at the 35th Golf Players Championship in 2008.

    September 29, 2009 at 7:26 pm | Reply
  6. Keira

    Angela Merkel met world leaders at the G8 Summit including

    George W. Bush who ran against:

    John McCain in the 2000 primaries. John McCain's running mate was:

    Sarah Palin, who got into a feud with TV talk show

    David Letterman who has interviewed New York Yankees captain

    Derek Jeter, who has been in a commercial with

    Tiger Woods who has competed against

    Phil Mickelson

    Whew!! There you have it...I think 🙂

    October 1, 2009 at 9:23 pm | Reply
  7. Matt Crean

    Angela Merkel was greeted at the airport by Prime Minister of Israel, Ehud Olmert in 2007......
    Ehud Olmert greeted former President George W Bush at the same airport in Israel.......
    George W Bush handed off the Presidency to now President Barack Obama......
    Barack Obama was present when Tiger Woods gave a speech in front of the Lincoln Memorial during inauguration week......
    Tiger Woods played with Padraig Harrington during the second round of the Tour Championship in 2009......
    Padraig Harrington Played against Phil Mickelson in the first days matches during the 2009 Ryder Cup...

    Done.

    October 2, 2009 at 4:32 pm | Reply
  8. Sam

    Phil Mickelson to Angela Merkel? It can be done in less than 6.

    1. Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods are rivals of sorts.
    2. Tiger Woods appeared in a Gillette commercial alongside French soccer star Thierry Henry
    3. Thierry Henry plays for Barcelona, who beat Chelsea in last year's Champions League Semifinal. That Chelsea team contained, and still does, Michael Ballack.
    4. Michael Ballack captained the German team, whom Angela Merkel supports closely – the most famous instance being at the 2008 Euro cup.

    Linked in 4.

    Now lets be more creative...

    1.Phil Mickelson went to Arizona State with actor/writer/comedian Steve Allen.
    2.Steve Allen appeared on the Simpsons with Ron Taylor, better known to Simpson's fans as the voice of fictional jazz musician “Bleeding Gums” Murphy
    3.Ron Taylor played the role of Stanley in “Vinnie & Bobby”, a 1992 film that also contained actor Matt LeBlanc
    4.Matt LeBlanc starred on friends with Lisa Kudrow
    5.Lisa Kudrow is left handed, as was Ronald Reagan
    6.Ronald Reagan wrote a speech that Angela Merkel was accused of plagiarizing.

    October 2, 2009 at 9:21 pm | Reply
  9. Chudamani Ratnam

    Merkel was flipping channels on her TV and saw Mickelson sink a putt

    October 3, 2009 at 12:44 am | Reply

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