Quigley Edges Zoeller Gilder for Siebel Win

By Associated PressMarch 17, 2002, 5:00 pm
In conditions that turned even the best senior golfers into models of inconsistency, the Siebel Classic in Silicon Valley was won by the most consistent one of all.
Dana Quigley made a 10-foot par putt on the final hole, holding off Fuzzy Zoeller and Bob Gilder on Sunday for a one-stroke victory at the rain-soaked tournament.
While many of the second-round leaders skidded off the leader board on the damp fairways and soggy greens, the rain didn't much bother Quigley, a New Englander who was playing in the 174th consecutive Senior event for which he was eligible.
'I actually liked it better this way than the last two days, with all that wind,' said Quigley, who finished at 4-under 212. 'I told my wife this morning on the way to the golf course that these were good conditions for me.'
With a 1-under 71 in the final round, Quigley got his sixth Senior PGA Tour victory while steadily fending off two eager challengers and a steady downpour at Coyote Creek Golf Club. Quigley didn't even panic when Zoeller and Gilder lined up birdie putts on the 18th that could have tied him.
Smoking a cigar and chuckling with his small gallery while other players harrumphed their way around the chilly, wet course, Quigley played a bogey-free round for which he needed all of the all-weather consistency he learned growing up in Rhode Island.
'I've learned to be a mudder,' he said. 'I've got a horrible, choppy little golf swing, and if I put on a lot of clothes, I've still got a horrible, choppy little golf swing. The cold doesn't bother me.'
Quigley, who has six top-10 finishes in eight starts this season has won at least one event in five of his six years on the tour. His wife, Angie, was just as hearty, walking all 18 holes with him in the rain.
Quigley won $210,000 - matching the biggest paycheck of his career - from the $1.4 million purse.
While Quigley was rock-solid, Gilder went through some spectacular ups and downs while finishing 1-under. He birdied the first four holes despite some of the heaviest rain of the day, but then made four bogeys before a 30-foot birdie putt on the 17th pulled him within one stroke of Quigley.
'I played in a lot of this stuff in high school, but I'd forgotten,' said Gilder, who grew up in Oregon. 'I don't go out in this kind of weather unless somebody really pokes me these days.'
Zoeller, who was 2-under in the final round of his sixth senior tournament after turning 50 last November, also birdied No. 17. Gilder and Zoeller put their second shots on the 18th onto the green, while Quigley's iron ended up in the short rough.
But Zoeller's 15-foot birdie putt got halfway into the hole before lipping out, and Gilder slid his 20-footer past the right edge of the hole.
'I did get a big hunk of [the hole],' Zoeller said. 'I swallowed my tongue twice when it went in and out of there. ... I haven't been in the hunt for a while, so that was great. My nerves were fine. It's a good thing to know for next time.'
Quigley got up and down from the rough, with his winning putt rattling into the hole. He picked up 210 points to move into third place behind Hale Irwin and Tom Kite for the Senior Tour's Schwab Cup.
The weekend conditions showed the folly of relying on the Northern California weather in the spring. After wind and cold kept scores high on the first two days, the rain made for a different kind of discomfort in the final round.
The weather chewed up some golfers, while barely affecting others. Jay Sigel, who took a one-stroke lead into the final round, crashed out of contention with a final-round 79 that included a triple bogey. Tom Wargo, who finished fourth with a 214, made three straight bogeys on the back nine that knocked him out of contention.
Defending champion Irwin, whose 79 on Saturday knocked him out of contention, somehow finished with three straight birdies for a 67 on Sunday.
'It was a completely different golf course all three days,' Irwin said.
There's talk of moving the event to the fall, when the Transamerica Championship held in the Napa Valley typically attracts big crowds and outstanding weather.
Full-field scores from the Siebel Classic at Silicon Valley
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What's in the bag: CareerBuilder winner Rahm

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 22, 2018, 10:37 pm

Jon Rahm defeated Andrew Landry in a playoff to earn his second PGA Tour title at the CareerBuilder Challenge. Here's what's in his bag:

Driver: TaylorMade M4 (9.5 degrees), with Aldila Tour Green 75 TX shaft

Fairway wood: TaylorMade M3 (19 degrees), with Aldila Tour Green 75 TX shaft

Irons: TaylorMade P790 (3), P750 (4-PW), with Project X 6.5 shafts

Wedges: TaylorMade Milled Grind (52, 56 degrees), Milled Grind Hi-Toe (60 degrees), with Project X 6.5 shafts

Putter: TaylorMade Spider Tour Red

Ball: TaylorMade TP5x

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Strange irked by Rahm-Landry friendly playoff

By Jason CrookJanuary 22, 2018, 9:45 pm

Curtis Strange knows a thing or two about winning golf tournaments, and based on his reaction to the CareerBuilder Challenge playoff on Sunday, it’s safe to say he did things a little differently while picking up 17 PGA Tour victories in his Hall-of-Fame career.

While Jon Rahm and Andrew Landry were “battling” through four extra holes, Strange, 62, tweeted his issues with the duo’s constant chit-chat and friendly banter down the stretch at La Quinta Country Club, where Rahm eventually came out on top.

The two-time U.S. Open champ then engaged with some followers to explain his point a little more in depth.

So, yeah ... don't think he's changing his perspective on this topic anytime soon ever.

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Randall's Rant: The Euros won't just roll over

By Randall MellJanuary 22, 2018, 9:36 pm

The Ryder Cup may not be the King Kong of golf events yet, but you can hear the biennial international team event thumping its chest a full eight months out.

As anticipation for this year’s big events goes, there is more buzz about Europe’s bid to hold off a rejuvenated American effort in Paris in September than there is about the Masters coming up in April.

Thank Europe’s phenomenal success last weekend for that.

And Rory McIlroy’s impassioned remarks in Abu Dhabi.

And the provocative bulletin board material a certain Sports Illustrated writer provided the Europeans a couple months ago, with a stinging assault on the Euro chances that read like an obituary.

McIlroy was asked in a news conference before his 2018 debut last week what he was most excited about this year.

The Ryder Cup topped his list.

Though McIlroy will be trying to complete the career Grand Slam at Augusta National come April, he talked more about the Ryder Cup than he did any of the game’s major championships.

When asked a follow-up about the American team’s resurgence after a task-force overhaul and the injection of young, new star power, McIlroy nearly started breaking down the matchup. He talked about the young Americans and how good they are.

“Yeah, the Americans have been, obviously, very buoyant about their chances and whatever, but it’s never as easy as that. ... The Ryder Cup’s always close,” McIlroy said. “I think we’ll have a great team, and it definitely won’t be as easy as they think it’s going to be.”

McIlroy may have been talking about Alan Shipnuck’s bold prediction after the American Presidents Cup rout last fall.

Or similar assertions from TV analysts.

“The Ryder Cup is dead – you just don’t know it yet,” Shipnuck wrote. “One of the greatest events in sport is on the verge of irrelevancy. The young, talented, hungry golfers from the United States, benefitting from the cohesive leadership of the Task Force era, are going to roll to victory in 2018 in Paris.”

European Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn won’t find words that will motivate the Euros more than that as he watches his prospective players jockey to make the team.

And, boy, did they jockey last weekend.

The Euros dominated across the planet, not that they did it with the Ryder Cup as some rallying cry, because they didn’t. But it was a heck of an encouraging start to the year for Bjorn to witness.

Spain’s Jon Rahm won the CareerBuilder Challenge on the PGA Tour, England’s Tommy Fleetwood started the week at Abu Dhabi paired with American and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson and won the European Tour event, and Spain’s Sergio Garcia won the Singapore Open in a rout on the Asian Tour.

And McIlroy looked close to being in midseason form, tying for third in his first start in three months.

Yes, it’s only January, and the Ryder Cup is still a long way off, with so much still to unfold, but you got an early sense from McIlroy how much defending European turf will mean to him and the Euros in Paris in September.

The Masters is great theater, the U.S. Open a rigorous test, The Open and the PGA Championship historically important, too, but the Ryder Cup touches a nerve none of those do.

The Ryder Cup stokes more fervor, provokes more passion and incites more vitriol than any other event in golf.

More bulletin board material, too.

Yeah, it’s a long way off, but you can already hear the Ryder Cup’s King Kong like footsteps in its distant approach. Watching how the American and European teams come together will be an ongoing drama through spring and summer.

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Quail Hollow officials promise players easier conditions

By Rex HoggardJanuary 22, 2018, 9:14 pm

Quail Hollow Club - a staple on the PGA Tour since 2003 - debuted as a longer, tougher version of itself at last year’s PGA Championship, receiving mixed reviews from players.

The course played to a lengthened 7,600 yards at last year’s PGA and a 73.46 stroke average, the toughest course in relation to par on Tour in 2017. As a result, it left some players less than excited to return to the Charlotte, N.C.-area layout later this spring for the Wells Fargo Championship.

It’s that lack of enthusiasm that led officials at Quail Hollow to send a video to players saying, essentially, that the course players have lauded for years will be back in May.

The video, which includes Quail Hollow president Johnny Harris and runs nearly five minutes, begins with an explanation of how the first hole, which played as a 524-yard par 4 at the PGA, will play much shorter at the Wells Fargo Championship.

“I had a number of my friends who were playing in the tournament tell me that tee was better suited as a lemonade stand,” Harris joked of the new tee box on the fourth hole. “I doubt we’ll ever see that tee used again in competition.”

Harris also explained that the greens, which became too fast for some, will be “softer” for this year’s Wells Fargo Championship.