- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 24, 2009

LEADER BOARD

FEDEX PLAYOFFS [down]

At least an event too long; come on, it’s football season

CAPTAIN COUPLES [down]

Michael Jordan is his assistant captain?

U.S. PRESIDENTS CUP CHANCES [up]

It shouldn’t matter, given massive edge in form and talent

FINISHING HOLES [up]

East Lake’s uphill, 235-yarder is game’s best par-3 closer

LPGA [down]

And you thought it was dull when Annika and Lorena were dominating

MILESTONES [up]

Palmer turns 80; Jack agrees to be ceremonial starter at Masters

QUOTABLE

“I guess he only had it for two years, so he wanted to have it just a little bit longer.”

British Open champion Stewart Cink after prankster Padraig Harrington pilfered the claret jug and hid it in his locker at East Lake

“I’m going to get married [in December]; I give priority to my life. … Not to worry. … I am just trying to get rhythm back, so it’s OK.”

Lorena Ochoa, the women’s No. 1 whose victory drought has reached 10 starts, her longest since 2005-06

BY THE NUMBERS

60 Shot by Rafael Cabrera Bello in the final round of last week’s Austrian Open. Though the 25-year-old Spaniard narrowly missed becoming the first player in European Tour history to post a 59 (missing a 30-footer for eagle at the 18th), he used the electric finale to overcome an eight-stroke, 54-hole deficit and record his first professional victory.

$3,514,215 Earnings this season for winless Jim Furyk. If the veteran finishes in the top 10 at this week’s Tour Championship but does not win, he will break Sergio Garcia’s 2007 record for the highest earnings by a nonwinner on the PGA Tour ($3.72 million).

T116 Finish for Rickie Fowler in his pro debut. The Oklahoma State All-American and former world No. 1 amateur posted rounds of 73-71 to miss the cut at the Nationwide Tour’s Albertsons Boise Open. Fowler will make his second Nationwide start at next week’s Soboba Classic in San Jacinto, Calif., near his hometown of Murrieta.

INSIDE EAST LAKE

A closer look at how this week’s field has performed at East Lake, where the Tour Championship begins Thursday:

FedEx rank/player Starts Score avg. Wins T5s T10s

1. Tiger Woods 6 68.04 1 4 5

15. Retief Goosen 4 68.31 1 3 4

29. Jerry Kelly 2 68.50 0 2 2

5. Heath Slocum 1 68.50 0 0 0

8. Scott Verplank 5 68.70 0 3 4

6. Padraig Harrington 3 68.92 0 0 1

4. Zach Johnson 3 69.00 0 1 1

7. Sean O’Hair 1 69.00 0 0 0

3. Jim Furyk 6 69.04 0 2 3

14. Phil Mickelson 6 69.21 1 3 3

23. Hunter Mahan 2 69.38 0 1 1

28. Luke Donald 2 69.38 0 1 1

22. Ernie Els 6 69.63 0 1 4

19. David Toms 5 69.65 0 1 2

27. Mike Weir 3 69.75 0 1 2

13. Geoff Ogilvy 2 70.25 0 0 0

2. Steve Stricker 3 70.33 0 1 1

20. Lucas Glover 2 70.88 0 0 1

26. Stewart Cink 5 71.05 0 0 0

9. Kenny Perry 4 71.38 0 0 0

10. Jason Dufner First appearance

11. Dustin Johnson First appearance

12. Nick Watney First appearance

16. Marc Leishman First appearance

17. Brian Gay First appearance

18. Kevin Na First appearance

21. Y.E. Yang First appearance

24. Angel Cabrera First appearance

25. Steve Marino First appearance

30. John Senden First appearance

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