- The Washington Times - Thursday, May 28, 2009

LEADER BOARD

Pink-outs — up

Saturday at Colonial players and fans will wear pink to honor Amy Mickelson

Paul Casey — up

He is the season’s first three-time winner and golf’s hottest player

U.S. Open — down

Bethpage won’t be the same if Lefty doesn’t make it

Farewells — up

LPGA says goodbye to Corning Classic

QUOTABLE

“As long as I can swing and breathe.”

— 43-year-old John Daly, who is set to return to the PGA Tour at the St. Jude Championship (June 11-14) after his six-month suspension, on how long he intends to keep playing professionally

“It’s about friggin’ time.”

Michael Allen’s reaction to winning the Senior PGA Championship in his debut on the senior circuit after making 334 starts on the PGA Tour without a victory

BY THE NUMBERS

19 Strokes under par for Byron Nelson champion Rory Sabbatini, who posted rounds of 68-64-65-64 to set a tournament record.

6 Consecutive missed cuts for Adam Scott, who was ranked No. 3 in the world just over two years ago. Now the 28-year-old seems to have lost his game completely, tumbling to No. 40 in the most recent rankings.

10 Top-20 finishes for Paul Casey this season on the PGA and European Tours in just 12 starts. The 31-year-old Brit has won twice in Europe (Abu Dhabi Championship and PGA Championship) and once in the United States (Houston Open) and has jumped from 41st to third in the world rankings.

IN THE MIX

Most top-10 finishes this season on PGA and European Tours:

Player Starts T10s (pct.) Victories

Thomas Aiken 106 (.600) 0

Phil Mickelson 116 (.545) 2

Sean O’Hair 116 (.545) 1

Paul Casey 126 (.500) 3

Kenny Perry 126 (.500) 1

Rory McIlroy 156 (.400) 1

Tiger Woods 65 (.833) 1

Steve Stricker 115 (.455) 0

Anthony Wall 115 (.455) 0

Henrik Stenson 125 (.417) 1

David Toms 125 (.417) 0

Francesco Molinari 135 (.385) 0

Kevin Na 135 (.385) 0

Louis Oosthuizen 145 (.357) 0

EUROPEAN RENAISSANCE

After nearly 15 years of playing second fiddle to the United States in every aspect of the sport other than the Ryder Cup, European golfers have laid siege to America’s dominance of the headlines and rankings. Is golf’s balance of power shifting back across the Atlantic?

Players Ranked in Top 10

U.S. Europe

Current 4 4

2004 5 1

1999 5 2

1994 2 5

1989 4 5

1986 5 3

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