- The Washington Times - Thursday, May 21, 2009



Defends his Texas Open title to take the FedEx points lead

Amateurs — up

Shane Lowry becomes the second to win on European Tour this season

Irish Open — up

Can a story line get any better than an amateur winning at home?

Daly renaissance — down

Long John crashed to missed the cut at the Irish Open


“We have had a lot of laughs about a lot of things. Most of them he’s laughing at me. But I’ll get the last laugh once he gets there and I start telling him what he’s got to do and how to do it.”

- U.S. Presidents Cup captain Fred Couples on Tiger Woods

“I know my mam had me at 250-1, so she had a nice check to pick up — more than me anyway.”

— Ireland’s Shane Lowry, who as an amateur could not collect the $684,500 winner’s check at the Irish Open, though his mother parlayed the victory into more than $20,000 at the bookmaker’s window


60 In the third round for Texas Open champion Zach Johnson, who missed a 15-footer on his final hole Saturday and fell short of becoming the fourth player to post a 59 in a PGA Tour event.

16 Consecutive rounds at par or better for journeyman Brian Davis, who is quietly putting together a strong season. The modern record in the category was set by Tiger Woods with 43 in 2000.


Ireland’s Shane Lowry became the seventh amateur player since World War II (and second this season) to win a PGA or European Tour event when he captured last week’s Irish Open. The recent spate of amateur success in Europe suggests young players are readier than ever to contend on the professional level:

Player Event

Gene Littler 1954 San Diego Open

Doug Sanders 1956 Canadian Open

Scott Verplank 1985 Western Open

Phil Mickelson 1991 Northern Telecom Open

Pablo Martin 2007 Portuguese Open

Danny Lee 2009 Johnnie Walker Classic

Shane Lowry 2009 Irish Open


Players who have won multiple events on the PGA Tour the last two seasons:

Players Wins (2008-present)World rank

Tiger Woods 5 1

Phil Mickelson 4 2

Kenny Perry 4 6

Geoff Ogilvy 3 5

Vijay Singh 3 9

Zach Johnson 3 19

Padraig Harrington 2 8

Camilo Villegas 2 10

Sean O’Hair 2 12

Anthony Kim 2 15

Dustin Johnson 2 46

Brian Gay 2 56

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