- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 20, 2009

LEADER BOARD

2009 majors - down

Since World War II, only 2003 has featured a blander set of winners

Presidents Cup - up

Yang adds a little unexpected zip to International squad

FedEx Cup - up

Tiger’s loss at Hazeltine is likely FedEx Cup’s gain; can he sweep?

No. 15 - down

Nicklaus suffered 12-major drought in quest for 15 — will Tiger have the same?

2010 Grand Slam - up

If Tiger wins Masters, Slam is on with Pebble and St. Andrews on tap next year

QUOTABLE

“He’s a class act. … He shook [Y.E. Yang’s] hand and said, ‘Great stuff. That’s what it’s all about.’ ”

- Y.E. Yang’s caddie, A.J. Montecinos, on Tiger Woods’ reaction to Yang’s 72nd-hole birdie and victory at the PGA Championship

“This is only my first year in the majors, so I learned a few things on my way this year. … I have a lot to build on. I have a lot of momentum going into the majors next year.”

- Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy after a fabulous first major season as a pro in which the 20-year-old made all four major cuts and posted the Slam season’s fifth-best scoring average (71.31)

BY THE NUMBERS

22 Months without a major championship for Tiger Woods by the time the Masters arrives in April. During the longest drought of his pro career, Woods went 34 months without a major between the 2002 U.S. Open and 2005 Masters.

478 Preseason world ranking for Y.E. Yang, whose victories at the Honda Classic and PGA Championship have catapulted the 37-year-old South Korean to No. 34 and earned him a spot on Greg Norman’s International squad in the upcoming Presidents Cup.

30.07 Putts a round for Tiger Woods in this season’s majors, more than two higher than his average in his eight other stroke-play starts on the PGA Tour (27.94).

MAJOR INFLUX

A total of 36 players made the cut in at least three majors this season. As usual, Tiger Woods posted the group’s best scoring average by a massive margin despite missing the cut at the British Open and finishing winless in the Slams. The big shocker is that the next six best scoring averages on the list belong to Europeans:

Player‘09 major winsT5sT10sT25sAvg. score

Tiger Woods 0 1 3 3 70.57

Ross Fisher 0 1 1 3 71.13

Henrik Stenson 0 0 2 3 71.19

Lee Westwood 0 2 2 3 71.25

Rory McIlroy 0 1 2 3 71.31

Graeme McDowell 0 0 1 3 71.31

Francesco Molinari 0 0 1 2 71.33

Phil Mickelson 0 2 2 2 71.42

Hunter Mahan 0 0 2 3 71.50

Soren Hansen 0 0 2 2 71.57

Camilo Villegas 0 0 0 2 71.63

Retief Goosen 0 1 1 2 71.71

Vijay Singh 0 0 0 1 71.75

Steve Stricker 0 0 1 2 71.79

Kenny Perry 0 1 1 1 71.81

Oliver Wilson 0 0 0 3 71.86

Tim Clark 0 0 0 2 71.86

Sergio Garcia 0 0 1 1 71.86

Angel Cabrera 1 1 1 2 71.94

Jim Furyk 0 0 1 1 71.94

Luke Donald 0 1 1 1 72.00

Stephen Ames 0 0 1 3 72.00

Anthony Kim 0 0 0 2 72.14

Stewart Cink 1 1 1 1 72.14

Ian Poulter 0 0 0 3 72.43

Miguel A. Jimenez 0 0 0 1 72.43

Sean O’Hair 0 0 1 1 72.50

Robert Allenby 0 0 0 1 72.50

Thomas Levet 0 0 0 0 72.67

Kevin Sutherland 0 0 0 0 72.69

Dustin Johnson 0 0 1 1 72.71

Padraig Harrington 0 0 1 1 72.86

Ben Curtis 0 0 0 1 72.86

Geoff Ogilvy 0 0 0 1 73.00

Andres Romero 0 0 0 1 73.00

Tom Lehman 0 0 0 0 73.25

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