- The Washington Times - Friday, July 17, 2009


“The Pirates know I have a really high ceiling. But all of that is really irrelevant unless you put the work in.” - Former Nationals outfielder Lastings Milledge


British Open

So old man Tom Watson recorded a 65. Will he continue to show the kids how links golf is played?

Tour de France

Lance Armstrong is third, just eight seconds off the lead. But this is not like past years, when his teammates were there to help him along. Fellow Astana riders Alberto Contador and Levi Leipheimer are also in contention.

Cubs at Nationals

Jim Riggleman’s first series as Nationals interim manager will come in front of some of the largest crowds of the season.


1. Julius Boros, 1968 PGA Championship: 48 years, 4 months - He entered the last 18 holes with a two-shot deficit but fired a final-round 69 to hold off Arnold Palmer and Bob Charles to become the oldest major champion. It was his third major win and came 16 years after a U.S. Open victory.

2. “Old” Tom Morris, 1867 British Open: 46 years, 3 months - Chances are there was no television coverage for this one. Born at St. Andrews, he is considered by many to be the first golf professional and went on to design some of Britain’s most famous courses.

3. Jack Nicklaus, 1986 Masters: 46 years, 2 months - CBS still plays Verne Lundquist’s famous “Yes, sir!” call, uttered after Nicklaus drained a long putt on the 17th hole to take the lead.

4. Hale Irwin, 1990 U.S. Open: 45 years - Irwin needed a special exemption just to show up at the No. 3 course at Medinah. He made the most of it, draining a 45-foot putt on the 72nd hole to force a playoff with Mike Donald. He won the tournament 19 holes later.

5. Roberto De Vicenzo, 1967 British Open: 44 years, 3 months - De Vicenzo may be better known for filling out an incorrect scorecard at the 1968 Masters, a mistake that may have cost him the tournament.

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