- The Washington Times - Tuesday, September 15, 2009

TAKE YOUR PICK Which elite golfer had the most disappointing season?

A. Sergio Garcia — After winning the Players Championship and recording another major near-miss at the PGA Championship in 2008, the Spaniard posted just one top-five finish this season and wasn’t a factor in any of the Slams.

B. Vijay Singh A year after winning the FedEx Cup, the aging Singh did not post a single top-five finish in 21 starts and failed to qualify for last week’s third leg of the playoffs (BMW Championship).

C. Adam Scott — The Aussie missed the cut in 10 of his 18 PGA Tour starts, plummeting from No. 15 to No. 55 in the world rankings.

D. Tiger Woods — Doesn’t any season in which he doesn’t win a major qualify as a downer for the 14-time major champion?

E. Padraig Harrington — Follows up a career year in which he wins two consecutive majors with a season in which he finishes winless and misses eight cuts in 19 starts on the PGA and European Tours.

Our Take — First off, dismiss both D and E as ludicrous. Woods entered the season with considerable doubt following reconstructive knee surgery and proceeded to win six times and lock up player of the year honors at the BMW Championship. Even if he didn’t win a major and doesn’t polish off the FedEx crown next week (which he will), Woods has posted a superb comeback campaign.

As for Harrington, he dedicated the first seven months to overhauling his swing to improve his long-term consistency, and he has emerged from the changes by posting five consecutive top-10s over the past two months. That’s a success.

Garcia, like talents Anthony Kim and Camilo Villegas, has definitely endured a winless season. But this season’s real duds have been Scott and Singh, who can perhaps commiserate at next month’s Presidents Cup as they try to find their games for International captain Greg Norman.

Unlike Scott, who has stunningly failed to notch a single top-30 finish over the last eight months, Singh does have something of an excuse; you have to think Singh’s knee surgery in January had something to do with his first winless season on tour since 2001.

HE SAID WHAT?

“Offensively, we just sucked. Let’s be honest.”

Carolina receiver Steve Smith after the Panthers were blown out at home by the Eagles 38-10

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