- The Washington Times - Thursday, July 2, 2009

THURSDAY’S BEST BET ON TELEVISION

The AT&T National kicks off at Congressional. Golf Channel, 3 p.m.

LOCAL POWER RANKINGS ” WHO’S GENERATING BUZZ IN THE D.C. AREA?

TIGER WOODS

He’s the obvious choice to win his third event of the year and head overseas with momentum.

MIKE RIZZO

The Nationals’ GM got what the team needed in the trade with Pittsburgh - a competent defensive center fielder.

NICKLAS BACKSTROM

Caps GM George McPhee is ready to explore contract extensions for Backstrom and Alexander Semin. But Backstrom should be a much higher priority.

TONY ROMO

In Tiger’s pro-am group Wednesday, the Cowboys quarterback wasn’t booed and No. 9 jerseys were everywhere.

ELIJAH DUKES

Dukes’ demotion to Class AAA Syracuse rids Manny Acta of a headache whose latest act was arriving to the stadium late Wednesday.

TWT FIVE ” TIGER’S LAST FIVE VICTORIES

1. Memorial, May 2009 — Woods claimed Jack Nicklaus’ event with a Sunday performance that included a 65, all 14 fairways hit and two late birdies to break a four-way tie.

2. Arnold Palmer Invitational, March 2009 - Woods rolled in a 16-foot putt on the second hole for a one-shot win - his sixth at Bay Hill and first since knee surgery.

3. U.S. Open, June 2008 - Playing on a mangled left knee, Woods birdied the 18th hole during the playoff and then defeated Rocco Mediate on the first sudden-death hole.

4. Arnold Palmer Invitational, March 2008 - Tiger’s 24-foot birdie putt on the closing hole edged Bart Bryant and was the first time in seven years he won with a birdie on the 72nd hole.

5. World Match Play, February 2008 - Woods escaped his opening round match against J.B. Holmes and dusted Stewart Cink 8 and 7 in the final. It was his third Match Play title.

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