- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 5, 2008

Leader board

LPGA Championship - up -

Lorena vs. Annika should be on at Bulle Rock

St. Jude Championship - down -

None of game’s top nine players in Memphis, Tenn.

Torrey Pines South - up -

Length plus long kikuyu rough should make it a nightmare

Tiger Woods - down -

Hadn’t played 18 holes on his knee entering this week

Kenny Perry - up -

Don’t be surprised if streaky vet contends again in Memphis

Justin Rose - up -

Brit has ascended to No. 6 in world rankings

Perfect lines

“I don’t play Torrey Pines well at all. Never have, never will.”

- Kenny Perry on his decision to skip next week’s U.S. Open

“As far as the rough, it actually puts less torque on the knee. There’s really no twisting in the rough. It blunts all the force out. You just knock it back out onto the fairway.”

- Tiger Woods on whether the thick kikuyu rough at Torrey Pines would add stress to his recovering left knee

Scorecard

5 - Players ranked in the top 25 in this week’s field at the St. Jude Championship, which drew the unenviable schedule slot one week before a U.S. Open on the West Coast. The field does have a strong international feel thanks to the attendance of Vijay Singh, Sergio Garcia, Padraig Harrington, Trevor Immelman and Stephen Ames.

68.33 - Career scoring average for Tiger Woods in 11 starts at Torrey Pines in the Buick Invitational. Woods has piled up six victories (including the last four in succession) and four other top-fives on the suburban San Diego layout.

7 Weeks since Kenny Perry had a free weekend. Determined to make this year’s Ryder Cup team, the 47-year-old Kentucky native has made six straight cuts while collecting a victory (last week’s Memorial) and a runner-up finish (AT&T Classic) to surge up to the fifth in the latest U.S. Ryder Cup standings.

MAJOR MONSTERS

Next week’s U.S. Open at Torrey Pines will become the longest Slam challenge in history in terms of both total yardage and yardage relative to par (full-swing quotient). Here’s a closer look at the longest majors in history:

CourseYards (par)EventFull-swing quotient*

Torrey Pines South7,643 (71)2008 U.S. Open218.37

Baltusrol Lower7,392 (70)2005 PGA217.41

Winged Foot West7,264 (70)2006 U.S. Open213.65

Oakmont CC7,230 (70)2007 U.S. Open212.65

Bethpage Black7,214 (70)2002 U.S. Open212.18

Pinehurst No. 27,214 (70)2005 U.S. Open212.18

Congressional Blue7,213 (70)1997 U.S. Open212.15

Atlanta Athletic Club7,213 (70)2001 PGA212.15

Bellerive CC7,191 (70)1965 U.S. Open211.50

Olympia Fields CC7,190 (70)2003 U.S. Open211.47

Firestone South7,180 (70)1966, 1975 PGA211.18

Pinehurst No. 27,175 (70)1999 U.S. Open211.03

Baltusrol Lower7,152 (70)1993 U.S. Open210.35

Carnoustie Golf Links7,361 (71)1999, 2007 British Open210.31

Medinah CC7,561 (72)2006 PGA 210.03

Oak Hill7,134 (70)2003 PGA209.82

Southern Hills7,131 (70)2007 PGA209.74

Whistling Straits7,536 (72)2004 PGA209.33

Pecan Valley CC7,096 (70)1968 PGA208.71

Baltusrol Lower7,076 (70)1980 U.S. Open208.12

Atlanta Athletic Club7,070 (70)1981 PGA207.94

Baltusrol Lower7,065 (70)1967 U.S. Open207.79

Oakland Hills South7,054 (70)1972 PGA207.47

*Determined by dividing the total yardage by number of allotted full swings (par 36); this takes a layout’s par into account by determining the average distance required per swing from tee to green.

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