- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 27, 2009

LEADER BOARD

BREAKOUTS - UP

Ryan Moore finally wins, and Michelle Wie finally dominates

FEDEX CUP - UP

Tiger’s hungry, Vijay’s nowhere in sight and the format is finally fixed

LPGA - up

Superb Solheim Cup follows Bivens’ ouster - women’s game finally on roll

SERGIO - DOWN

Another Sunday, another swoon for the weekday wonder

AMATEUR GOLF - UP

U.S. Amateur and Walker Cup bunched within a month

QUOTABLE

“I would love to make it that far, and it would be an easy choice for me. … I would withdraw.”

- Louis Bishop, a Seventh-day Adventist entered in this week’s U.S. Amateur Championship who would have withdrawn for religious reasons if he had made it to Saturday’s match-play semifinals

“This is the most amazing thing I have ever done. It was the highlight of my career.”

- Michelle Wie after posting a 3-0-1 record in the 16-12 U.S. victory over Europe in the Solheim Cup

BY THE NUMBERS

16 Of the world’s top 50 players not in the field at this week’s Barclays for the opening round of the FedEx Cup Playoffs. Most of those absent are Europeans who either did not attempt to qualify or are fully qualified and chose not to participate (Henrik Stenson, Rory McIlroy, Ross Fisher, Lee Westwood).

5 Over back-nine aggregate score from the final threesome at the Wyndham Championship. On a day when the field averaged a score of 69.04, third-round pole-sitters Chris Riley (74), Sergio Garcia (70) and Bill Haas (70) all flopped in the finale in Greensboro.

111 Career PGA Tour starts for Ryan Moore before his first victory at the Wyndham Championship last week.

ON THE FENCE

Top-100 players in the world rankings in jeopardy of failing to make the 70-player field at the BMW Championship (Sept. 10-13), the penultimate event in the FedEx Cup. Only those in the top 100 of the standings after this week’s Barclays make the field at next week’s Deutsche Bank Championship:

Player Rank Fed Ex

Sergio Garcia 7 89

P. Harrington 11 66

Vijay Singh 13 59

Ben Curtis 32 94

Adam Scott 53 116

Justin Rose 54 91

T. Immelman 58 158*

K.J. Choi 60 92

J.B. Holmes 70 62

Fred Couples 76 74

Boo Weekley 79 71

Andres Romero 82 132*

Rod Pampling 88 98

Aaron Baddeley 89 103

Scott Verplank 96 61

Stuart Appleby 97 141*

Ryuji Imada 99 90

* Player did not qualify for playoffs; only regular PGA Tour players considered

BATTLEFIELD PROMOTIONS

Australia’s Michael Sim became the ninth player in Nationwide Tour history to earn an instant promotion to the PGA Tour by winning his third event in a single season with his victory last week at the Christmas in October Classic. The 24-year-old Sim also shattered the tour’s single-season earnings record:

Player Year Starts T10s Earnings

Chris Smith 1997 17 8 $225,201

Heath Slocum 2001 18 6 $339,670

Chad Campbell 2001 23 8 $394,552

Pat Bates 2001 24 6 $352,261

Patrick Moore 2002 20 9 $381,965

Tom Carter 2003 22 7 $360,990

Jason Gore 2005 12 4 $356,579

Nick Flanagan 2007 17 5 $369,951

Michael Sim 2009 12 8 $527,079

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