Notes Quigley Less Than Perfect

By Associated PressNovember 3, 2006, 5:00 pm
2006 The TOUR Championship presented by Coca-ColaATLANTA -- The amateurs playing with Brett Quigley in the pro-am at the TOUR Championship must have wondered how he got into the elite field. And imagine how they felt to see him only three shots out of the lead going into the weekend.
 
Quigley said he hit only three greens in regulation during the Wednesday pro-am, but that was by design.
 
The 37-year-old from Rhode Island sometimes gets caught trying to be too perfect on the golf course, dialing in the exact yardage and concentrating more on his swing than simply playing golf.
 
So in the pro-am, he tried to miss every green to work on his scrambling.
 
'I wanted to work on my short game so I wouldn't be worried about anything,' Quigley said. 'A lot of times out here, you hit eight great shots and miss the green on the ninth hole and you're twisted. For me, it's been relaxing and I've been letting my short game shine.'
 
Then he paused and thought about his audience.
 
'My pro-am guys probably think I'm terrible,' Quigley said.
 
It sure paid off in the second round. Quigley saved par all seven times he missed the green on his way to a bogey-free 68, making him the only player to get around East Lake this week without a bogey.
 
He has another trick he heard sports psychologist Bob Rotella tell Brad Faxon -- purposely hitting the wrong club to learn how to manufacture shots.
 
'We get so caught up trying to be precise,' Quigley said.
 
He tried it at Disney in the second round, telling his caddie that whatever club he should be hitting, Quigley would have to choose another. If the shot called for an 8-iron, Quigley either hit an easy 7-iron or a hard 9-iron.
 
'My caddie wasn't comfortable with it, but I said, 'I need to do it to get back to playing golf and hitting shots.' And I shot 4 under and made the cut,' Quigley said. 'You don't have to be perfect.'
 
That's one of the problems he sees among young golfers today who are caught up in a perfect swing. His uncle is Dana Quigley, who lives to play golf and has made a killing on the Champions Tour.
 
'Even if you're playing a family match, you still have to hit a shot on the 18th,' Quigley said. 'It doesn't matter if it's the TOUR Championship, the U.S. Open or a family grudge match. You still have to hit shots. I'm just a slow learner.'
 
RETURN TO AUGUSTA
Dean Wilson is among six players from the top 40 on the PGA TOUR money list who will be playing the Masters for the first time, but it won't be the first trip for him, or the first time to see the course.
 
Wilson and Mike Weir were teammates at BYU and remain close friends. So after the Canadian won the Masters in 2003, he took Wilson and Craig Barlow to Augusta National in late March the following year.
 
Wilson shot a 1-under 71 and was motivated to get there on his own.
 
'When you play college golf with a friend who has won there, it motivates you to get better so you can play yourself,' Wilson said.
 
He did it by winning the International and tying for second in the Texas Open, leading to his best year on the PGA TOUR, and a trip to Augusta National in April without an escort.
 
DONALD'S PLANS
Luke Donald has had some surprising success at Buick Invitational considering he has moderate length off the tee and Torrey Pines is one of the longest tracks on the PGA TOUR.
 
He was a runner-up in 2004 and 2005, and tied for 24th this year, only six shots behind in a crammed leaderboard. But due to a combination of his success and the constricted schedule on the PGA TOUR next year with the FedExCup, the English star says he'll have to miss next year.
 
'I have played well at Torrey Pines, but I feel as though I need a break,' Donald said.
 
His season is gearing up this time of the year. Donald will go from Atlanta to Shanghai for the HSBC Champions, then to Barbados for the World Cup and then the Target World Challenge in California to defend his title.
 
After a two-week break, he opens the year with back-to-back tournaments in Hawaii.
 
BRITISH OPEN QUALIFYING
For a chance to play the toughest links in the world, players first have to take on the Monster.
 
The Royal & Ancient on Friday said that Oakland Hills, which Ben Hogan referred to as a 'monster' when he won the U.S. Open in 1953, would be used as a 36-hole qualifier for the British Open next year.
 
The Open will he held at Carnoustie, reputed to be the toughest links test of them all.
 
The R&A used Congressional last year, but the qualifier was washed out because of heavy rains. Qualifying will be July 2 at Oakland Hills, the Monday after the Buick Open, about 45 minutes away.
 
The other British Open qualifiers held around the world -- known as International Final Qualifying -- will be held Jan. 16-17 at Royal Johannesburg & Kensington in South Africa; Feb. 6 at The Lakes in Sydney, Australia; March 27-28 in Singapore; and July 2 at Sunningdale outside London.
 
The R&A said four spots in the British Open would be awarded in South Africa, Australia and Singapore, with 12 spots each from Sunningdale and Oakland Hills. Those numbers are subject to change.
 
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  • Lexi 'applaud's USGA, R&A for rules change

    By Randall MellDecember 11, 2017, 5:15 pm

    Lexi Thompson’s pain may prove to be the rest of golf’s gain.

    David Rickman, the R&A’s executive director of governance, acknowledged on Golf Channel’s "Morning Drive" Monday that the new protocols that will eliminate the use of TV viewer call-ins and emails to apply penalties was hastened by the controversy following Thompson’s four-shot penalty at the ANA Inspiration in early April. The new protocols also set up rules officials to monitor TV broadcasts beginning next year.

    “Clearly, that case has been something of a focus point for us,” Rickman said.

    Thompson reacted to the new protocols in an Instagram post.

    “I applaud the USGA and the R&A for their willingness to revise the Rules of Golf to address certain unfortunate situations that have arisen several times in the game of golf,” Thompson wrote. “In my case, I am thankful no one else will have to deal with an outcome such as mine in the future.”

    Thompson was penalized two shots for improperly returning her ball to its mark on a green during Saturday’s round after a viewer emailed LPGA officials during Sunday’s broadcast. She was penalized two more shots for signing an incorrect scorecard for her Saturday round. Thompson ultimately lost in a playoff to So Yeon Ryu.

    The new protocols will also eliminate the additional two-shot penalty a player receives for failing to include a penalty when a player was unaware of the penalty.

    Shortly after the ANA Inspiration, the USGA and R&A led the formation of a video review working group, which included the PGA Tour, LPGA, European Tour, Ladies European Tour and PGA of America.

    Also, just three weeks after Thompson was hit with the four-shot penalty, the USGA and R&A released a new Rules of Golf decision decision (34-3/10) limiting video evidence in two ways:

    1. If an infraction can’t be seen with the naked eye, there’s no penalty, even if video shows otherwise.

    2. If a tournament committee determines that a player does “all that can be reasonably expected to make an accurate estimation or measurement” in determining a line or position to play from or to spot a ball, then there will be no penalty even if video replay later shows that to be wrong.

    While the USGA and R&A said the new decision wasn’t based on Thompson’s ANA incident, LPGA players immediately began calling it the “Lexi Rule.”

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    PGA Tour, LPGA react to video review rules changes

    By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 11, 2017, 1:32 pm

    The USGA and R&A announced on Monday updates to the Rules of Golf, including no longer accepting call-ins relating to violations. The PGA Tour and LPGA, which were both part of a working group of entities who voted on the changes, issued the following statements:

    PGA Tour:

    The PGA Tour has worked closely with the USGA and R&A on this issue in recent years, and today's announcement is another positive step to ensure the Rules of Golf align with how the game is presented and viewed globally. The PGA Tour will adopt the new Local Rule beginning January 1, 2018 and evolve our protocols for reviewing video evidence as outlined.

    LPGA:

    We are encouraged by the willingness of the governing bodies to fully vet the issues and implement real change at a pace much quicker than the sport has seen previously. These new adaptations, coupled with changes announced earlier this year, are true and meaningful advances for the game. The LPGA plans to adopt fully the protocols and new Local Rule as outlined.

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    Sharma closes on Monday, wins Joburg Open

    By Associated PressDecember 11, 2017, 12:43 pm

    JOHANNESBURG – Shubhankar Sharma won his first European Tour title by a shooting 3-under 69 Monday in the final round of the weather-delayed Joburg Open.

    The 21-year-old Indian resumed his round on the eighth green after play was halted early Sunday afternoon because of storms. He parred that hole, birdied No. 9 and made par on every hole on the back nine.


    Full-field scores from the Joburg Open


    Sharma finished at 23-under 264, three strokes ahead of the pack, and qualified for next year's British Open, too.

    ''I actually wasn't going to come here about a week ago ... so I'm really happy that I came,'' said Sharma, who shot 61 in the second round. ''I don't think I'm ever going forget my first time in South Africa.''

    Erik van Rooyen (66) was second, three strokes ahead of Shaun Norris (65) and Tapio Pulkkanen (68).

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