- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 25, 2009

LEADER BOARD

Majors - down

An Angel Cabrera-Lucas Glover start lacks star power

Farewells - up

The earliest you’ll see Lefty is for a PGA Championship tuneup at Bridgestone (Aug. 6-9)

Padraig Harrington - DOWN

More likely to miss cuts than defend titles in season’s final majors

Malaise - up

Fields between now and British Open look remarkably weak

Nike - up

Lucas Glover, David Duval and Tiger Woods make it a runaway Open winner

QUOTABLE

“It’s not like the first time it’s happened, but I think it’s incredible because usually it’s a progression to be able to pull it together and play well the last couple of days.”

- Phil Mickelson on Lucas Glover, who parlayed his first taste of contention at a major into victory at the 109th U.S. Open

“I’ve got four. I’m plenty good.”

- Five-time U.S. Open runner-up Mickelson to Ricky Barnes and David Duval. The USGA had just one silver medal and three second-place finishers in Mickelson, Barnes and Duval.

BY THE NUMBERS

80 Months since David Duval’s last top-10 finish (a tie for sixth at the Las Vegas Classic on Oct. 13, 2002) before his runner-up performance at last week’s U.S. Open. Duval’s near-miss at Bethpage jumped him from No. 882 to No. 142 in the world rankings.

6 Players this decade who have won in their first top-10 finish at a major. Glover’s victory at last week’s Open followed Rich Beem (2002 PGA), Ben Curtis (2003 British), Shaun Micheel (2003 PGA), Todd Hamilton (2004 British) and Zach Johnson (2007 Masters).

SUICIDE STICK

Among the 27 players who made the cut at the Masters and U.S. Open, Tiger Woods is near the bottom in putting stats:

PlayerTotal puttsMastersU.S. Open

Steve Stricker226T6T23

Hunter Mahan230T10T6

Rory McIlroy230 T20T10

Ian Poulter230T20T18

Tim Clark230 T13T40

Bubba Watson23142T18

Anthony Kim 231T20T16

Andres Romero232T49T47

Phil Mickelson2335T2

Stephen Ames233T20T10

Mike Weir234T46T10

Graeme McDowell235T17T18

Angel Cabrera235 WonT54

Todd Hamilton237T15T36

Sergio Garcia238T38T10

Henrik Stenson238T389

Rocco Mediate240T49T47

Geoff Ogilvy240 T15T58

Sean O’Hair241 T10T23

Dustin Johnson242T30T40

Camilo Villegas242T13T33

Tiger Woods242T6T6

Kenny Perry247T244

Vijay Singh247T30T27

Ben Curtis248T35T57

Lee Westwood24943T23

Ross Fisher253T305

POWER PARADISE

Bethpage Black once again proved to be the ultimate bomber’s course last week. The top eight finishers were all noted long-ball hitters, and not a single player from the bottom half on the driving stats cracked the final leader board:

PlayerFinishDriving distanceRank

Lucas GloverWon291.18

Phil MickelsonT2286.316

David DuvalT2287.414

Ricky BarnesT2284.120

Ross Fisher5288.6T10

Tiger WoodsT6290.49

Soren HansenT6288.6T10

Hunter MahanT6279.627

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