- The Washington Times - Monday, July 20, 2009


Watson can’t finish at Turnberry — After Tiger Woods missed the cut, golf writers everywhere said the only way the British Open can be saved is if Tom Watson makes a run at the claret jug. Consider their wish granted. Watson may have come up short, missing a par putt on 18 that would have won it and losing a playoff to Stewart Cink, but he proved golf doesn’t need Tiger to provide great theater. Just like the 2008 U.S. Open when Rocco Mediate was almost as — if not more — compelling a story than Tiger Woods, this British Open will forever be Watson’s, not Cink’s.

Nationals swept by Cubs — So much for that Manny Acta firing showing immediate dividends. With interim manager Jim Riggleman, the Nationals maintained their first-half form, losing four games at home to a mediocre Cubs team. The sweep dropped the Nationals to 26-65 and has them on pace for a 46-116 mark, only four losses behind the 1962 Mets. And once veterans like Nick Johnson and Josh Willingham are moved at the trade deadline and young starters like Jordan Zimmermann reach their innings limit, things are going to get even uglier.


1. Tom Watson, 2009 British Open — When a 59-year-old is competing for a major title, it shouldn’t be considered a choke, even if he loses.

2. Rocco Mediate, 2008 U.S. Open — Sadly, Mediate will go down in history as a footnote to Tiger’s sudden-death win on a busted-up knee.

3. Phil Mickelson, 2009 U.S. Open — Yet another runner-up finish for Mickelson at a U.S. Open was overshadowed by his wife’s battle with breast cancer.

4. Sergio Garcia, 2007 British Open — Despite leading after three rounds, Garcia lost a playoff with Padraig Harrington after posting a final-round 73.

5. Sergio Garcia, 2008 PGA Championship — Once again, Garcia lost a major to Harrington despite holding the lead late in the final round.


“I’ve just got a new flat and I need to pay the rent for that, so I should be all right.” — Chris Wood on his third-place British Open finish

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