Roberts Quigley to Reprise Duel

By George WhiteJuly 20, 2006, 4:00 pm
2005 Jeld-Wen TraditionLoren Roberts has chosen just about every way possible to win tournaments on the Champions Tour. At the JELD-WEN Tradition in 2005, he did it in overtime against Dana Quigley with a bogey on the second playoff hole. It was the first win of Roberts Champions Tour career.
 
The 2006 edition of the JELD-WEN unreels Aug. 24-27 near Portland, Ore., and Roberts is once again one of the prime favorites. So, by the way, is Quigley.
 
Quigley is the ultimate survivor, a confirmed golf-a-holic who never quite made a big splash on the PGA Tour. Roberts recalls Quigleys days as Dana tried to make it on the junior circuit.
 
It was around 80, 81, 82, 83, right around in there, and yeah, I know he came out and tried for two or three years, and I think most of the years he was still Monday qualifying, Roberts said. I remember the guy could shoot 66 every Monday.
 
You know, he was a really good player then. Unfortunately, I don't know why he didn't stick it out, but that's one thing about professional golf It's tough to stay out here for five, six, seven years economically sometimes to finally break through. Obviously he's broken through because he's really had a great career since he's been out here.
 
Loren Roberts
Loren Roberts' win in 2005 was his first major triumph on the PGA or Champions tour.
As, incidentally, has Roberts since hes been a senior. The 05 JELD-WEN was his first Champions Tour win, in just his third Champions start. And he started the 2006 Champions season with three consecutive wins. Since then he has cooled somewhat, but he is still a dangerous competitor.
 
Loren Roberts is on some kind of drug, we don't know what it is yet, but we're all trying to get it, I know that, said Quigley.
 
Roberts has for sure impressed those who play alongside him on the senior tour. An old veteran like Hale Irwin has seen plenty of pluses in Roberts golf game ' not the least of which is the excellence with which he wields a driver.
 
I just think hes a good driver of the ball, said Irwin. He doesnt get himself into predicaments. You dont HAVE to drive the ball nine miles out here ' youre not competing against those guys. If youre averaging 300 yards and ranked 40th, you average 300 yards and youre ranked first. So youre not competing against a whole plethora of those younger guys who are driving the ball nine miles and not worried about accuracy, and theyre all hitting wedges to greens.
 
He drives sufficiently and certainly has a good iron game. His short game, bar none, is one of the best.
 
His prowess among the elder golfers was well-known before he turned 50. Curtis Strange marveled at Roberts ability to hit all the shots and at his ability to stay competitive with the younger set ' Roberts finished T18 at the Sony, T27 at Verizon and T29 at Barclays on the PGA Tour this year.
 
I dont think it (his successes on the Champions Tour) surprises anybody, said Strange. Hes still very competitive on the under-50 tour ' if there were a guy who you would think would do that, he would be at the top of the list.
 
And in addition to Roberts natural ability, there is another reason why he has done so well on the Champions Tour, says Strange. Roberts is one of the seniors who didnt take any time off between his junior tour years and the senior tour.
 
If you never have a break, then your game never takes a break, said Strange. You stay sharp right up to 50, and then you come right out here. And obviously the competition out here is not the same as on the regular tour, but hes pretty consistent with anybody.
 
But those whove taken a break ' and I dont care who you are ' it takes awhile to get back. It just takes a year or two to get back and feel more comfortable.
 
That same assessment could be made of Jay Haas, who is locked in a battle with Roberts for the top spot on the Champions Tour money rankings. Haas, who is actually 52 years old now, has played in six PGA Tour events this year, tying for 22nd at Wachovia in his best effort. Haas also has won three Champions event in a row this year.
 
As you're seeing the players of the like of Loren Roberts and Jay Haas and Peter Jacobsen, said Irwin, those guys that have come out over the last couple of years, they're bringing not only their persona with them, great personalities, but they're bringing a very strong playing credentials.
 
'This year it's been Loren and Jay that have really kind of gone and taken the lead. And here in the past it was, of course, myself and Gil Morgan and there have always been players that do that.
 
Certainly the youngsters havent won everything on the Champions this year. Quigley, Allen Doyle, Tom Kite, Gil Morgan ' all have notched victories this year. Will they win another this year at the JELD-WEN? Or will it be another youngster who will win out West this year?
 
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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.