- 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:

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