- The Washington Times - Monday, June 22, 2009


Outsiders - up

Question marks Barnes and Glover now control the 109th Open

Tiger - down

Maybe he should consider putting with his L-wedge

Europeans - down

Only Ross Fisher has an outside chance to snap the drought

Phil - even

Barring a closing 65, Lefty is going to come up just short again


“It must be pretty tough out there on the Nationwide Tour.”

- Irish sensation Rory McIlroy poking fun at 54-hole leader Ricky Barnes, who labored for five years on the Nationwide Tour before earning his PGA Tour card this season

“I’m just one good round away.”

- Sentimental favorite Phil Mickelson after a wild 69 in the third round that included six birdies, three bogeys and a double-bogey

“As all week, I hit it a lot better than my scoring indicates. I just haven’t made the putts this week.”

- Tiger Woods after a third-round 68 that included nine misses inside of 20 feet. Woods has averaged 30.0 putts a round this week, a woeful week by his standards


1976 Was the last time a player who had never won a professional event won a U.S. Open. That year at Atlanta Athletic Club, Jerry Pate stiffed a 5-iron on the 72nd hole to dispatch Al Geiberger and Tom Weiskopf for his first pro victory. In 134 professional starts on the Nationwide and PGA Tours, Ricky Barnes has zero victories.

4 Players who have reached double-digits under par at a U.S. Open. When he eagled the fourth hole Sunday, Ricky Barnes moved to 11 under and joined the illustrious group that includes only Gil Morgan (1992), Tiger Woods (2000) and Jim Furyk (2003). Only Woods has finished an Open double-digits under par (12 under in 2000 at Pebble Beach).


FARMINGDALE, N.Y. - The Rover is sick of hearing about the “passion” of Bethpage galleries. Since when does being dirty-mouthed, loud, overserved, undereducated and golf-illiterate equal anything other than obnoxious? The only reason the players won’t call them out is because they remember all too well how New Yorkers tormented Sergio Garcia when he barked at them in 2002.

This year, they booed Padraig Harrington when he chunked a pitch on his penultimate hole (No. 8) en route to missing the cut (76-76). The slumping Harrington claimed he never heard it before reminding everyone he is the only player still holding two major titles.

• For those wondering why the USGA re-paired the field late Sunday afternoon and sent the players back onto the course for only a couple of hours, the move was intended to complete enough play to facilitate a Monday finish, even in the event of an 18-hole playoff.

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