- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 1, 2009

QUOTABLE

“I made it to my 24th birthday.”

- Anthony Kim on the greatest thing that has happened to him this year

“I’ve put out an invitation for him to come out here. He’s a little bit busy. There might be a couple things on his plate.”

- Tiger Woods on whether he has plans to see President Obama this week

SEEN AND HEARD AT CONGRESSIONAL COUNTRY CLUB

Paul Goydos was a popular man on the driving range Thursday. The 45-year-old is playing some of the best golf of his 17-year PGA Tour career, notching three top-four finishes in his last four events. Multiple players stopped by to congratulate him, including 2010 Ryder Cup captain Corey Pavin.

“I like to think that I’m popular no matter how I’m playing,” said Goydos, one of the more well-liked and quotable Tour members. “But people have more reason to come up and say something because they know how hard it is.”

No one knows that better than Goydos. He had never recorded three top-10s in four events before this stretch - let alone such near misses.

At the Texas Open in mid-May, Goydos was the 36-hole leader and shot a pair of 69s on the weekend to tie for third. He led going into Sunday at last week’s Transitions Championship in Cromwell, Conn., and his closing 67 earned him a share of second. In all, Goydos has shot 11 of his last 14 rounds in the 60s and is riding a streak of seven in a row.

“I took advantage of good play on golf courses that I like and fit my game,” he said.

Now Goydos arrives at Congressional, which should play considerably more difficult than TPC River Highlands did last week.

But as well as Goydos is playing, it might not matter.

“This is a good, hard golf course,” said Goydos, who tied for 13th here during the 2005 Booz Allen Classic. “I played here in the Open in ‘97 [and made the cut], so I know how hard it can play, and I missed the cut by about 15 last year. You just got to keep plugging along and hit the shot in front of you.”

LIVE FROM OLD BLUE

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