- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 3, 2009

LEADER BOARD

ANTICLIMAX - UP

Heath Slocum’s 72nd-hole bomb spikes potentially epic playoff

SOUTH KOREA - UP

Byeong-Hun An wins U.S. Amateur to follow Y.E. Yang’s PGA Championship salvo

TIGER’S PUTTING - DOWN

Woods has missed more critical putts this season than rest of career combined

LIBERTY NATIONAL - UP

Reclaimed landfill/waste dump provided fantastic theater, vistas

FEDEX PLAYOFFS - UP

With Woods sputtering and Vijay nowhere in sight, third time promises to be charm

QUOTABLE

“The putt on the last was magical. I’ll remember that for the rest of my life.”

- Heath Slocum on the 22-foot par putt he jarred on the 72nd hole to win the Barclays

“It was awesome. … I think it makes it more special because the title is the youngest winner. It makes it more important. I’m feeling great, and I can’t believe that I just won.”

- 17-year-old Byeong-Hun An after dusting Ben Martin 7 and 5 on Sunday to become the youngest player to win the U.S. Amateur

BY THE NUMBERS

13.5 Average world ranking of the 10 automatic qualifiers on the U.S. Presidents Cup team, making it arguably the nation’s strongest in more than a decade. Captain Fred Couples will take a team to San Francisco for the Oct. 8-11 event that includes four of the game’s top five players (Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Steve Stricker and Kenny Perry) and only one player ranked outside the top 30 (No. 37 Justin Leonard) to face an International squad with only one top-10 player (No. 8 Geoff Ogilvy).

121 Places Heath Slocum jumped in the FedEx standings with his one-stroke victory last week at the Barclays. The 35-year-old was the next-to-last player in the field at Liberty National but now stands third in the playoff race after notching his third career victory.

4 Years ago was the last time Tiger Woods recorded runner-up finishes in back-to-back starts before his recent double disappointments at the PGA Championship and the Barclays. Woods did so three times in a four-start span in 2005, collecting silvers at the U.S., Western and Buick opens.

ON THE FENCE

Top-100 players in the world rankings who have either been eliminated or need a strong finish at this week’s Deutsche Bank Championship to cement positions in the field for next week’s BMW Championship, the penultimate event in the FedEx Cup (only the top 70 in the FedEx standings following this week’s event will qualify):

Player Rank FedEx

Sergio Garcia 7 71

Vijay Singh 14 78

Ben Curtis 35 102*

Mathew Goggin 52 76

Adam Scott 53 110*

Justin Rose 54 80

Stephen Ames 55 87

Trevor Immelman 60 158*

K.J. Choi 63 101*

J.B. Holmes 71 55

Fred Couples 72 67

Boo Weekley 78 64

Andres Romero 83 132*

Bubba Watson 84 72

Rod Pampling 87 86

Woody Austin 90 75

Aaron Baddeley 93 111*

Stuart Appleby 99 141*

Note: Only regular PGA Tour players considered; * not in the field

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