- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 4, 2009

LEADER BOARD

U.S. Open - up

Sources say Lefty will play at Bethpage; talk about a guaranteed people’s choice

Memorial - up

Eight of top 11 in world rankings in attendance, including Tiger Woods

Carolyn Bivens - down

Clueless LPGA tour boss suggests her players might “tweet” during play

Bridesmaids - up

Stricker finally wins, while Tim Clark collects yet another silver

NCAA finals - down

New format sees double-digit stroke-play winner Oklahoma State eliminated in opening match

QUOTABLE

“I’ve accomplished more medically than I have in golf.”

- Erik Compton, who is making his second career start at the Memorial a year after his second successful heart transplant

“It’s amazing what choosing to be happy can do.”

- France’s Christian Cevaer, who won last week’s European Open after a five-year drought defined by his wife’s series of late-term miscarriages

BY THE NUMBERS

24 - Consecutive rounds at par or better for Britain’s Brian Davis, a streak dating to the opening round of the Zurich Classic and the longest on the PGA Tour. During the run, he has posted a 68.88 scoring average and recorded three top-five finishes, including a runner-up at the Byron Nelson.

9 - Starts for Sergio Garcia on the European and PGA tours since his last top-10 finish, a tie for seventh in the European Tour’s Qatar Masters on Jan. 25. When the drought began, the 29-year-old was ranked No. 2 in the world.

BRIDESMAIDS

South African Tim Clark notched his seventh runner-up finish without a victory at Colonial, cementing his place as the PGA Tour’s ultimate active bridesmaid. Here are the most runner-up finishes without a victory among active players on the PGA Tour:

Player No. Starts

Tim Clark 7 184

Colin Montgomerie 6 110

Skip Kendall 4 388

Brett Quigley 4 349

Harrison Frazar 4 315

Briny Baird 4 290

Ryan Moore 4 105

Scott Gump 3 329

Brandt Jobe 3 164

Brian Davis 3 144

Justin Rose 3 137

Ken Duke 3 119

Bubba Watson 3 96

Ian Poulter 3 94

Charlie Wi 3 93

SIM CITY

The Nationwide Tour’s Michael Sim is arguably the hottest player on the planet. The Australian leads the tour in victories, scoring average and earnings and is only one win from an instant battlefield promotion to the PGA Tour. Here’s a closer look at his torrid 2009:

Tournament Score (to par)Finish

Australian Masters *283 (-5)T11

Panama Digicel Championship281 (+1)T23

Moonah Classic 282 (-6)3

HSBC NZ PGA Championship 276 (-12)T4

Michael Hill NZ Open151 (+7)Cut

Stonebrae Classic 266 (-18)Win

Athens Regional Foundation 274 (-14)P2

BMW Charity Pro-Am 264 (-22)P1

Rex Hospital Open 276 (-8)T30

Totals69.21 (-77) $391,170

* European Tour event

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