- The Washington Times - Monday, July 6, 2009

SEEN AND HEARD AT CONGRESSIONAL COUNTRY CLUB

Spending 30 minutes watching Justin Rose warm up on the driving range for Sunday’s final round, it was dazzling to see the 28-year-old Brit never mis-hit a shot. Rose is one of the game’s purest ball-strikers, but his practice performance wasn’t unusual at the game’s highest level. The only real variables for these guys involve timing (transition and hand action). They might miss slightly left or right, depending on those variables, but they almost never hit shots thin or fat like the rest of us mortals.

Between the epic Wimbledon final and Kim vs. Tiger, Sunday was one of the best sports days of the summer to date. By the way, the injured Rafael Nadal would make an excellent pitch man for Geico.

Next up is Turnberry, where Tiger Woods very well could collect his fourth claret jug.

BY THE NUMBERS

3 Shots hit in the water by Bart Bryant on Sunday. He hit two wedges in the hazard on the par-4 sixth for a quintuple-bogey nine, then dunked his tee shot in the drink on the par-3 10th. Bryant shot a 77, one of the highest rounds of the day.

+18 Combined score of Cameron Beckman, Michael Allen, Jim Furyk, Rod Pampling and Ryuji Imada, the five players in closest pursuit of Tiger Woods and Anthony Kim after three rounds. No one in the quintet broke par Sunday, and they combined for just eight birdies.

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“I had a lot of fun. I know I’ll be knocking on the door again. It’s only a matter of time.”

- Anthony Kim

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