- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 18, 2009


Weather - down

Gentlemen, start your umbrellas… rain in forecast through Monday

Tiger - up

There’s an air of inevitability and defeatism among even the top players in attendance

Security - up

It’s almost like stepping into a time warp back to the fall of 2001

Buntmeisters - down

Long, wet combination likely nixes the short-knocking set

N.Y. fans - down

All the talk about their “passion” has given them carte blanche to misbehave


“Who else has won three times this year around the world?”

- England’s Paul Casey on whether he feels worthy of the world’s No. 3 ranking

“As far as Michael [Jordan] is concerned, [86] is a pretty impressive score considering his start. I mean he tripled No. 1 and doubled the next three holes and still turned around and shot a good number.”

- Tiger Woods on the performance of his good friend in the celebrity challenge Friday, when Jordan shot 7 over on the Black Course’s final 14 holes playing from the same tees as the Open field


458.1 Yards on average for Bethpage’s par-4s, making the layout the meatiest in U.S. Open history. For the first time at any major, Bethpage features three par-5s measuring better than 500 yards.

15 Amateurs in the 156-man field, the most since 18 appeared in the 1981 U.S. Open (Merion).

1970 Was the last time a European-born player won the U.S. Open (Tony Jacklin). Paul Casey (England), Padraig Harrington (Ireland), Rory McIlroy (Ireland) and Sergio Garcia (Spain) are among the favorites to end that surprising skid.


The Rover was devastated to learn that his idol and once-confirmed fellow Luddite Dan Jenkins will tweet this week from the 109th U.S. Open. What’s next? Woody Paige taking a vow of silence? The apocalypse is surely upon us. …

• Memo to Anthony Kim: It’s one thing to lack Ben Crenshaw’s encyclopedic knowledge of golf history, but not knowing that Congressional hosted the 1997 U.S. Open nor that it will host the event in 2011 qualifies as professional ignorance. …

• Bethpage and the USGA decided Wednesday to move the Black Course’s famed warning sign from the rail beside the starter’s shack to the rail behind the championship tee box on the first tee. Why? Do they actually expect some short-knocking tour plumber like Ryuji Imada to stick his peg in the ground Thursday, read the sign and instantly withdraw in fear? Please, the sign is a novelty, not an emotional deterrent for the planet’s best players.

- Barker Davis

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