Quigley Makes Match Play May Face Tiger

By Associated PressFebruary 12, 2007, 5:00 pm
2007- WGC-AccenturePEBBLE BEACH, Calif. -- Brett Quigley did enough at Pebble Beach to stay put at No. 64 in the world ranking Monday and grab the last spot in the field for the Accenture Match Play Championship.
 
That's the good news.
 
If no one withdraws by next Monday, Quigley will play Tiger Woods in the first round at The Gallery outside Tucson, Ariz.
 
And that's not necessarily bad news.
 
'In order to win the tournament, you have to beat everybody,' Quigley said Sunday after a 2-under 70 to tie for 25th in the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. 'If you're going to be the Match Play champion, at some point you'll probably have to play Tiger.'
 
Pebble Beach was the cutoff for making the 64-man field, based entirely on the world ranking.
 
Woods is the No. 1 seed as he goes after his eighth consecutive PGA TOUR victory. The other top seeds are Jim Furyk, Adam Scott and Phil Mickelson. The tournament begins Feb. 21, and the field will be set at 5 p.m. MST next Monday.
 
The field continues to reflect dwindling U.S. presence in the world rankings, with a record-low 22 Americans in the field, down from 25 a year ago and 40 in the first year of this WGC event in 1999.
 
Europe has 19 players in the field, and four players from its Ryder Cup team could face each other in the opening round -- Sergio Garcia against Darren Clarke, and Lee Westwood against Padraig Harrington.
 
But those pairings, including Woods vs. Quigley, hinges on everyone showing up. And most of the attention is on Arron Oberholser, who is recovering from bulging disks in his back and is hopeful of returning at the Match Play.
 
If he decides he can't play, he would be replaced by J.J. Henry at No. 65 in the world ranking, who would face Woods. If Oberholser withdraws after 5 p.m. next Monday, his first-round opponent (David Toms) would advance to the second round by forfeit.
 
Quigley qualified for only his second WGC event, having tied for ninth in September at the American Express Championship outside London. And while Tucson is a world away, there could be one similarity -- spending the day with the world's No. 1 player. Quigley played in the final group at the Grove and closed with a 73, finishing 13 shots behind Woods.
 
'I know I'll have to be as good as I can ever be,' Quigley said. 'But it's match play, and anything can happen.'
 
Then he paused.
 
'I'm not going to 'Stephen Ames' this,' he said with a laugh.
 
Ames faced Woods in the opening round last year at La Costa, and two days before their match said he was eager to play because anything can happen, adding with a smile, 'especially where he's hitting the ball.'
 
Woods defeated him 9 and 8.
 
Quigley couldn't remember the last time he competed in match play, although he was good when he played. He captured the 1987 U.S. Junior Amateur by beating Bill Heim (now the caddie for Rich Beem) in the final. He believes his last match play experience came at the 1990 Rhode Island State Amateur in 1990, which he won 10 and 9 over Charlie Hayes in the final.
 
'I remember beating my dad in the semifinals,' Quigley said. 'I don't think Tiger is going to go down quite that easily.'
 
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    Day's wife shares emotional story of miscarriage

    By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 12, 2017, 4:12 pm

    Jason Day’s wife revealed on social media that the couple had a miscarriage last month.

    Ellie Day, who announced her pregnancy on Nov. 4, posted an emotional note on Instagram that she lost the baby on Thanksgiving.

    “I found out the baby had no heartbeat anymore. I was devastated,” she wrote. “I snuck out the back door of my doctor, a hot, sobbing, mascara-covered mess. Two and a half weeks went by witih me battling my heart and brain about what was happening in my body, wondering why this wouldn’t just be over.”

    The Days, who have two children, Dash and Lucy, decided to go public to help others who have suffered similar heartbreak.

    “I hope you know you aren’t alone and I hope you feel God wrap his arms around you when you feel the depths of sorrow and loss,” she wrote.  

    Newsmaker of the Year: No. 5, Sergio Garcia

    By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 12, 2017, 1:00 pm

    This was the year it finally happened for Sergio Garcia.

    The one-time teen phenom, known for years as “El Nino,” entered the Masters as he had dozens of majors beforehand – shouldered with the burden of being the best player without a major.

    Garcia was 0-for-72 driving down Magnolia Lane in April, but after a thrilling final round and sudden-death victory over Justin Rose, the Spaniard at long last captured his elusive first major title.

    The expectation for years was that Garcia might land his white whale on a British links course, or perhaps at a U.S. Open where his elite ball-striking might shine. Instead it was on the storied back nine at Augusta National that he came alive, chasing down Rose thanks in part to a memorable approach on No. 15 that hit the pin and led to an eagle.


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    A green jacket was only the start of a transformative year for Garcia, 37, who heaped credit for his win on his then-fiancee, Angela Akins. The two were married in July, and months later the couple announced that they were expecting their first child to arrive just ahead of Garcia’s return to Augusta, where he'll host his first champions’ dinner.

    And while players often cling to the notion that a major win won’t intrinsically change them, there was a noticeable difference in Garcia over the summer months. The weight of expectation, conscious or otherwise, seemed to lift almost instantly. Like other recent Masters champs, he took the green jacket on a worldwide tour, with stops at Wimbledon and a soccer match between Real Madrid and Barcelona.

    The player who burst onto the scene as a baby-faced upstart is now a grizzled veteran with nearly two decades of pro golf behind him. While the changes this year occurred both on and off the course, 2017 will always be remembered as the year when Garcia finally, improbably, earned the title of major champion.


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    Montana parents can't watch kids play high school golf

    By Grill Room TeamDecember 11, 2017, 9:47 pm

    Well, this is a one new one.

    According to a report from KTVQ in Montana, this line in the Montana State High School Association rule book all but forbids spectators from observing high school golf in that state:

    “No spectators/fans are allowed on the course except for certain locations as designated by the tournament manager and club professional.”

    Part of the issue, according to the report, is that most courses don't bother to designate those "certain locations" leaving parents unable to watch their kids compete.

    “If you tell a parent that they can’t watch their kid play in the Thanksgiving Day football game, they would riot,” Chris Kelley, a high school golf parent, told KTVQ.

    The report lists illegal outside coaching as one of the rule's chief motivations, but Montana State women's golf coach Brittany Basye doesn't quite buy that.

    “I can go to a softball game and I can sit right behind the pitcher. I can make hand signals,” she is quoted in the report. “I can yell out names. I can do the same thing on a softball field that might affect that kid. Football games we can yell as loud as we want when someone is making a pass or a catch.”

    The MHSA has argued that unlike other sports that are played in a confined area, the sprawling nature of a golf course would make it difficult to hire enough marshals to keep unruly spectators in check.

    Meanwhile, there's a lawyer quoted in the report claiming this is some kind of civil rights issue.

    Worth note, Montana is one of only two states that doesn't allow spectators on the course. The other state, Alaska, does not offer high school golf.