Quinney In Drivers Seat Entering Final Round
The 2000 U.S. Amateur champion, who held a four-shot lead heading into Saturday, fired a 6-under 66 for a three-day total of 19-under 197. Quinney is now seven shots in front of Patrick Moore (Cornelius, N.C.). Jim Rutledge of Victoria remains the top Canadian at 9-under, while Winnipegs Dan Halldorson had a 6-under 66 to get to 7-under 209.
The Canadian Tour record for the lowest 72-hole score on a par-72 layout is 27-under, set by South African Tim Clark at the 1998 Royal Oaks New Brunswick Open.
With virtually no wind blowing and temperatures reaching the mid-80s, the top 14 players combined to shoot 68-under on the 7,044-yard layout. Drew Scott of Pinehurst, NC, who carded an 8-under 64, one shot shy of the course record set by Quinney on Thursday. Scott is alone in third at 11-under.
Quinney, the former three-time NCAA All-American at Arizona State University, has now had 11 consecutive rounds under par in his brief Canadian Tour career, placing second and fifth in the opening two events this year. And while a seven-shot cushion may seem quite comfortable, Quinney stressed no lead is insurmountable.
I think this course can be brought to its knees on a good day, so my goal wont be to go out and shoot 72, said Quinney, who has hit 47 of 54 greens through the first three days. Ill try to shoot 4 or 5-under and go from there.
The 23-year-old played another bogey-free round Saturday, and has just one bogey through the first 54 holes of this event. Perhaps the most telling sign of Quinneys domination has been his mastery of the par-3 17th, which is playing as the hardest hole this week. Quinney has birdied the hole all three days. Still, Quinney isnt sure if he will be looking at the leaderboards Sunday.
Im not sure what works for me - play my ball or checking to see how everyone else is doing. To be honest, this is all new to me. But it would be great to get that first win.
After mastering the front nine for a 7-under 29 Saturday, it looked like Scott, 27, not only would shatter the McCormick Ranch benchmark, but might also threaten the 58 Jason Bohn recorded at last seasons Bayer Championship in Sarnia, Ontario. In fact, Scott was 4-under through his first four holes, thanks in part to an eagle on the par-5 third.
I looked at my caddy when I was 6-under after seven holes, Hey, I might as well try and shoot 58, mused an elated Scott, who finished tied for 14th at the Texas Challenge two weeks ago. I got a good jump out of the gate today and it just kept going. This is unchartered territory for me, and I am thrilled to be where I am. Ill just go out there Sunday and have some fun.
Rutledge felt he didnt hit the ball as well as he did in the previous two days, but was pleased with the way he salvaged the round.
I wasnt firing on all cylinders, but I clawed my way back, said Rutledge, a six-time Canadian Tour champion. A good start tomorrow is the key. The kid (Quinney) has a commanding lead, but you never know what can happen. He is playing very good golf though.
Todd Demsey of Scottsdale, Ariz., who received a sponsors exemption into the event, took full advantage of the conditions with a 65 and now sits 8-under. The 29-year-old, who is exempted onto the Buy.Com Tour this year, is coming off a back injury that has limited his play.
That was my first low round since I started playing again, so I kind of forgot what it felt like, said Demsey. I cant wait to get back out there. Ill keep trying to make birdies until I run out of holes Sunday and see where I am at the end of the day.
Full-field scores from the Scottsdale Swing at McCormick Ranch
Monahan buoyed by Tour's sponsor agreements
SAN DIEGO – Farmers Insurance announced on Tuesday at Torrey Pines a seven-year extension of the company’s sponsorship of the Southern California PGA Tour event. This comes on the heels of Sony extending its sponsorship of the year’s first full-field event in Hawaii through 2022.
Although these might seem to be relatively predictable moves, considering the drastic makeover of the Tour schedule that will begin with the 2018-19 season, it is a telling sign of the confidence corporations have in professional golf.
“It’s a compliment to our players and the value that the sponsors are achieving,” Tour commissioner Jay Monahan said.
Monahan said that before 2014 there were no 10-year title sponsorship agreements in place. Now there are seven events sponsored for 10-years, and another five tournaments that have agreements in place of at least seven years.
“What it means is, it gives organizations like the Century Club [which hosts this week’s Farmers Insurance Open], when you have that level of stability on a long-term basis that allows you to invest in your product, to grow interest and to grow the impact of it,” Monahan said. “You experienced what this was like in 2010 or seen other tournaments that you don’t know what the future is.S o to go out and sell and inspire a community and you can’t state that we have a long-term agreement it’s more difficult.”
Events like this year’s Houston Open, Colonial in Fort Worth, Texas, and The National all currently don’t have title sponsors – although officials at Colonial are confident they can piece together a sponsorship package. But even that is encouraging to Monahan considering the uncertainty surrounding next season’s schedule, which will include the PGA Championship moving to May and The Players to March as well as a pre-Labor Day finish to the season.
“When you look back historically to any given year [the number of events needing sponsors] is lower than the typical average,” Monahan said. “As we start looking to a new schedule next year, you get excited about a great schedule with a great group of partners.”
Day WDs from Farmers pro-am because of sore back
SAN DIEGO – Jason Day has withdrawn from the Wednesday pro-am at the Farmers Insurance Open, citing a sore back.
Day, the 2015 champion, played a practice round with Tiger Woods and Bryson DeChambeau on Tuesday at Torrey Pines, and he is still expected to play in the tournament.
Day was replaced in the pro-am by Whee Kim.
Making his first start since the Australian Open in November, Day is scheduled to tee off at 1:30 p.m. ET Thursday alongside Jon Rahm and Brandt Snedeker.
Farmers inks 7-year extension through 2026
SAN DIEGO – Farmers Insurance has signed a seven-year extension to serve as the title sponsor for the PGA Tour event at Torrey Pines, it was announced Tuesday. The deal will run through 2026.
“Farmers Insurance has been incredibly supportive of the tournament and the Century Club’s charitable initiatives since first committing to become the title sponsor in 2010,” PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan said.
“We are extremely grateful for the strong support of Farmers and its active role as title sponsor, and we are excited by the commitment Farmers has made to continue sponsorship of the Farmers Insurance Open for an additional seven years.
In partnership with Farmers, the Century Club – the tournament’s host organization – has contributed more than $20 million to deserving organizations benefiting at-risk youth since 2010.
Woods impresses DeChambeau, Day on Tuesday
SAN DIEGO – Bryson DeChambeau played with Tiger Woods for the first time Tuesday morning, and the biggest surprise was that he wasn’t overcome by nerves.
“That’s what I was concerned about,” DeChambeau said. “Am I just gonna be slapping it around off the tee? But I was able to play pretty well.”
So was Woods.
DeChambeau said that Woods looked “fantastic” as he prepares to make his first PGA Tour start in a year.
“His game looks solid. His body doesn’t hurt. He’s just like, yeah, I’m playing golf again,” DeChambeau said. “And he’s having fun, too, which is a good thing.”
Woods arrived at Torrey Pines before 7 a.m. local time Tuesday, when the temperature hadn’t yet crept above 50 degrees. He warmed up and played the back nine of Torrey Pines’ South Course with DeChambeau and Jason Day.
“He looks impressive; it was good to see,” Day told PGATour.com afterward. “You take (Farmers) last year and the Dubai tournament out, and he hasn’t really played in two years. I think the biggest thing is to not get too far ahead, or think he’s going to come back and win straight away.
“The other time he came back, I don’t think he was ready and he probably came back too soon. This time he definitely looks ready. I think his swing is really nice, he’s hitting the driver a long way and he looks like he’s got some speed, which is great.”
Woods said that his caddie, Joe LaCava, spent four days with him in South Florida last week and that he’s ready to go.
“Before the Hero I was basically given the OK probably about three or four weeks prior to the tournament, and I thought I did pretty good in that prep time,” Woods told ESPN.com, referring to his tie for ninth in the 18-man event.
“Now I’ve had a little more time to get ready for this event. I’ve played a lot more golf, and overall I feel like I’ve made some nice changes. I feel good.”
Woods is first off Torrey Pines’ North Course in Wednesday’s pro-am, scheduled for 6:40 a.m. local time.