- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 17, 2009

LEADER BOARD

DOMINATION - up

Tiger wins his sixth event of the season to claim FedEx pole

CHOKE JOBS - up

It can’t get worse than Brandt Snedeker’s four-putt from 12 feet on the 72nd hole

EUROPE - down

Great Britain and Ireland crushed at Walker Cup; dud crowned at Mercedes-Benz

MARC LEISHMAN - up

Likely rookie of year finishes tied for second at BMW to earn Tour Championship berth

PRO DEBUTS - up

Fresh off victorious Walker Cup, Rickie Fowler takes his game to Nationwide

QUOTABLE

“This is the reason I stayed an amateur.”

- Rickie Fowler after the United States won all four sessions of matches to capture the Walker Cup

“I just started thinking about the wrong things, man. I didn’t concentrate over the bogey putt, and I was thinking about all the stuff the Tour Championship comes with, and I did everything you’re not supposed to do.”

- Brandt Snedeker, who cost himself a spot in the Tour Championship, at least $300,000 and automatic invites to next year’s Masters, U.S. Open and British Open by four-putting on the 72nd hole at the BMW Championship

BY THE NUMBERS

68.06 Scoring average this season for Tiger Woods. With his sixth victory of the season at last week’s BMW Championship, Woods likely locked up the player of the year title and mathematically secured his eighth Vardon Trophy, given to the player with the lowest scoring average on the PGA Tour.

5 Top-10 finishes for Padraig Harrington in his past five starts. After missing cuts in half of his first 12 starts this season while changing his swing, the Dubliner has made good on his promise to emerge from the changes a more consistent player. He enters next week’s playoff-concluding Tour Championship ranked sixth in the FedEx Cup standings.

PUTTING IT IN PERSPECTIVE

It might sound like an oversimplification, but when Tiger Woods putts well, he wins. Woods has made 15 stroke-play starts this season, winning each of the six events where he has finished 15th or better in putts per greens in regulation. On the flip side, he did not win any of the nine events in which he finished 16th or worse in puts per greens in regulation:

Event Rk Finish

Arnold Palmer Invitational2Win

AT&T National T3 Win

Bridgestone Invitational 4 Win

BMW Championship 5 Win

Memorial Tournament 12 Win

Buick Open 15 Win

Players Championship T16 8

Masters 29 T6

Quail Hollow Championship 34 4

Deutsche Bank Championship T34 T11

PGA Championship 40 2

U.S. Open T50 T6

Barclays 54 T2

CA Championship 74 T9

British Open N/A Cut

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