Ironman Quigley Doesnt Sweat Bogeys

By Golf Channel NewsroomJanuary 25, 2005, 5:00 pm
The Ironman has started the year off right. And he gets a chance to do it again this week at the Turtle Bay Championship played in Hawaii (TGC, Live beginning Fri. at 7:30 p.m. ET).
Dana Quigley, 57 and still winning golf tournaments, locked up victory No. 9 when he outdueled another big name at the MasterCard Championship. He has played in every Champions Tour event the past seven years, and hes started the eighth on a highly successful note. Tom Watson will attest to that.
Quigley nipped Watson on the third playoff hole at the MasterCard last week in Hawaii. Watson had begun the day with a three-shot lead on the field, but the capricious winds blew his tee shot over the green at the par-3 17th and onto the rocks below. Quigley had already popped his shot onto the fringe and got down in two for the par and the victory.
'I'm actually not surprised (with Watson's club selection) because the wind turned around,' Quigley said. 'We had 169 to the hole and 180 over the green. I hit 8-iron, which I hit 150. But I just figured I was zipped up and it went to the back fringe. And I think Tom had a 7-iron and he flushed it. And when it got in the air I said, 'That thing is in the rocks'.
Watson was philosophical about his chance that went awry. 'I don't make any excuses, he said. I just didn't play very well. I was more nervous today than I probably should have been. I've dealt with those nerves before. I can't take anything away from Dana. He shot 66 and it blew today.
Quigley has played more golf than anybody on the Champions Tour since he came aboard in 1997.
Sunday, Quigley bogeyed the 18th hole to set up the playoff. However, he said such are the vagaries of the game.
'No bogey affects me,' Quigley said of his chance to sew it up in regulation. 'This is what I've been trying to teach my nephew Brett and my own son. I told them in Florida last month that bogeys only hurt you if you let them.
'That's life. I didn't try to do it. I actually tried to make that putt. I had a really good putt, but it just didn't turn into the hole. The first playoff hole I hit the same putt, so I'm not too bright. I still played it to break left and it didn't. I would not have beaten myself up if Watson makes birdie. That's what the Lord wanted to happen.'
Bogeys are a by-product of trying to win, Quigley said. There are times when you can make a birdie or a bogey, and Quigley says he will take the chance every time. He told his caddy the same thing Sunday after he had had made a bogey while trying to make a birdie.
I said, You only get a chance to win a few times a year out here on tour. If you don't go at it when you've got a chance what difference does it make?

'What if I made a bogey? It's not a big deal. You've got to go to win if you can win. You've got to lay down at night and look in the mirror the next day and you say why didn't I go for that? You gotta go for that.'
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    Romo set to make PGA Tour debut at Punta Cana

    By Will GrayMarch 20, 2018, 6:43 pm

    While much of the attention in golf this week will be focused on the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play in Austin, Tony Romo may send a few eyeballs toward the Caribbean.

    The former quarterback and current CBS NFL analyst will make his PGA Tour debut this week, playing on a sponsor invite at the Corales Punta Cana Resort & Club Championship in the Dominican Republic. The exemption was announced last month when Romo played as an amateur at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, and he's apparently been hard at work ever since.

    "I'll be treating it very serious," Romo told reporters Tuesday. "My wife will tell you she hasn't seen me much over the last month. But if you know me at all, I think you know if I care about something I'm going to commit to it 100 percent. So like I said. you'll get the best I've got this week."

    Romo retired from the NFL last year and plays to a plus-0.3 handicap. In addition to his participation in the Pebble Beach event, he has tried to qualify for the U.S. Open multiple times and last month played a North Texas PGA mini-tour event as an amateur.

    According to Romo, one of the key differences between pro football and golf is the fact that his former position is entirely about reactive decisions, while in golf "you're trying to commit wholeheartedly before you ever pull the club out of your bag."

    "I'm not worried about getting hit before I hit the ball," Romo said. "It's at my own tempo, my own speed, in this sport. Sometimes that's difficult, and sometimes that's easier depending on the situation."

    Romo admitted that he would have preferred to have a couple extra weeks to prepare, but recently has made great strides in his wedge game which "was not up to any Tour standard." The first-tee jitters can't be avoided, but Romo hopes to settle in after battling nerves for the first three or four holes Thursday.

    Romo hopes to derive an added comfort factor from his golf in the Dallas area, where he frequently plays with a group of Tour pros. While Steph Curry traded texts with a few pros before his tournament debut last summer on the Tour, Romo expects his phone to remain silent until he puts a score on the board.

    "I think they're waiting to either tell me 'Congrats' or 'I knew it, terrible,'" Romo said. "Something along those lines. They're probably going to wait to see which way the wind's blowing before they send them."

    Romo will tee off at 8:10 a.m. ET Thursday alongside Dru Love and Denny McCarthy.

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    Spieth vs. Reed random? Hmm, wonders Spieth

    By Rex HoggardMarch 20, 2018, 6:42 pm

    AUSTIN, Texas – Monday’s blind draw to determine the 16 pods for this week’s WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play didn’t exactly feel “blind” for Jordan Spieth, whose group includes Patrick Reed.

    Spieth and Reed have become a staple of U.S. teams in recent years, with a 7-2-2 record in the Ryder and Presidents Cup combined. So when the ping-pong ball revealed Reed’s number on Monday night Spieth wasn’t surprised.

    “It seems to me there's a bit more to this drawing than randomness,” laughed Spieth, whose pod also includes Haotong Li and Charl Schwartzel. “It's not just me and him. It's actually a lot of groups, to have Luke List and Justin [Thomas] in the same group seems too good to be true. It might be some sort of rigging that's going on, I'm not sure.”

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    Spieth will play Reed on Friday in the round-robin format and knows exactly what to expect from the fiery American.

    “I've seen it firsthand when he's been at his best. And we have history together in a couple of different playoffs, which is a match-play scenario,” Spieth said. “I've got to take care of work tomorrow and the next day for that day to even matter. But even if it doesn't matter, trust me, it will matter to both of us.”

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    U.S. Open champ Koepka (wrist) to miss Masters

    By Will GrayMarch 20, 2018, 6:12 pm

    Reigning U.S. Open champ Brooks Koepka will miss the Masters, according to a USA Today report.

    Koepka has been battling a left wrist injury since late last year, and he hasn't played since finishing last at the limited-field Sentry Tournament of Champions in early January. Weeks later he revealed that he had a partially torn Extensor Carpi Ulnaris (ECU) tendon but hoped to return in time for the season's first major.

    According to the report, Koepka only started putting this week and plans to begin hitting chips next week.

    "They said I would be about 80 percent, but I can't play 80 percent," Koepka said. "I either have to go full bore or not at all. I don't want to risk getting it re-injured and then be out a long time."

    Koepka has finished T-33 or better in each of his three prior Masters appearances, culminating in a T-11 result last year.

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    Spieth's agent leaving firm, but keeping Spieth as client

    By Rex HoggardMarch 20, 2018, 6:07 pm

    AUSTIN, Texas – Jay Danzi has stepped down as COO of Lagardère Sports U.S., and will take one of the game’s most marketable players, Jordan Spieth, with him.

    In a press release, Danzi said, “after careful consideration I feel that it’s time for a new adventure.” Danzi will represent Spieth independently.

    “It’s been a privilege having Jordan be part of the Lagardère Sports’ family for the last five years and watching him grow from a promising young player to someone who transcends the game,” said Steve Loy, Lagardère Sports president of golf. “We are also grateful for Jay’s contributions over the years, in golf and other areas of our business.”

    Lagardère Sports underwent an aggressive expansion in recent years, acquiring numerous boutique firms including Danzi’s business and Crown Sports Management.

    Although losing Spieth, the world’s fourth-ranked player, and Danzi, who took over as Lagardère COO in February 2017, is a setback, the firm still has a number of high-profile clients including Phil Mickelson, Jon Rahm and Patton Kizzire, a two-time winner on the PGA Tour this season.