Quigley Floyd Finish Strong to Win Skins

By Sports NetworkFebruary 6, 2006, 5:00 pm
2005 WendyWAILEA, Maui, HI -- Raymond Floyd birdied the 17th hole Monday and combined with partner Dana Quigley for a birdie on the first playoff hole to win the Wendy's Champions Skins Game at Wailea Golf Resort's Gold Course.
Floyd and Quigley picked up 10 skins and $510,000.
'Man I'm telling you, I am still shaking like a leaf,' Quigley said. 'I had a pit bull for a partner and I knew if I just got him in a spot where he could do his magic, it would happen and he did it again.'
The only other team to win skins was the duo of Tom Watson and Jack Nicklaus. That pair claimed the other eight skins and $260,000.
Those two pairs faced off against Peter Jacobsen, who played with Arnold Palmer, and Hale Irwin, who paired with Gary Player. This year had a new format as the teams played the alternate-shot format.
Nicklaus and Watson got off to a quick start. Watson's approach to the first stopped eight feet from the cup and Nicklaus converted the putt to pick up the first skin and $30,000.
The second and third each were halved with routine pars. At the fourth, Player made an 11-footer for birdie, while Quigley sank a four-foot birdie try to halve the hole and carry over three skins to the fifth.
Irwin had a look at birdie on five from inside four feet, but his putt didn't touch the cup and forced another carry over. Each of the next two holes were halved with birdies.
On the eighth, Watson's tee shot to the par-three stopped 12 feet from the cup. No one else made birdie, but Nicklaus sank that 12-footer for the win and seven more skins and an additional $230,000.
Palmer made par putts on the nine, 10 and 11 to halve each hole. With two teams in for par on the 12th, Quigley stared down a 16-foot birdie effort for the win. However, his putt slid by the left edge.
Watson and Nicklaus combined for a two-putt birdie on 13, but Player tapped in for birdie after Irwin's eagle chip had lipped out and stopped two feet from the hole.
The 14th, 15th and 16th were halved with pars, before the big break through at the 17th.
Watson hit his approach to 15 feet. However, Quigley's second shot stopped within eight feet. With the other two teams having easy looks at par, Nicklaus missed his 15-footer on the right edge.
Floyd seized the moment. His eight-foot birdie putt stopped on the lip before dropping in for nine skins and $410,000. The total was the single-largest amount won on a hole in event history, besting the old mark of $290,000.
Quigley could have closed things out at the 18th with a 22-foot birdie putt, but he ran it three feet by the cup. Two other pairs got up and down for par to forge a playoff.
The teams went back to the 18th tee. Player and Quigley both hit beautiful approach shots within 10 feet of the cup.
Floyd ran in a 10-footer for birdie. Irwin had six feet for birdie and the halve, but his putt rolled by the left edge and the event was over. Floyd and Quigley collected the one final skin and an additional $100,000.
'I've been very fortunate and it worked,' said Floyd of his putter.
With two teams, Palmer/Jacobsen and Player/Irwin, being shutout it was the fourth time in event history that two teams were blanked. This also marked the 15th time in 19 years that the event went extra holes.
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    Fleetwood flawless en route to Abu Dhabi lead

    By Will GrayJanuary 18, 2018, 2:06 pm

    New year, same results for Tommy Fleetwood.

    The reigning Race to Dubai champ picked up right where he left off in the opening round of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, carding a bogey-free 66 during which the Englishman found all 18 greens in regulation. At 6 under, he shares the lead with Japan's Hideto Tanihara and sits one shot clear of five other players.

    "Very stress-free. Played really well from start to finish," Fleetwood said. "Felt like I did what you need to do around this golf course, which is drive it well, hit your irons solid. You can't really be too greedy a lot of the time, and then sort of my pace putting was really good. So basically just did what you need to do to get a good score around this golf course, and I got one."

    Fleetwood shined in a marquee grouping that included world No. 1 Dustin Johnson and Rory McIlroy, as he birdied three holes on each nine. This is his first worldwide start since a T-3 finish at the Hero World Challenge.

    It was at this event a year ago that Fleetwood sparked a career campaign, edging Johnson and Pablo Larrazabal for the win. He added another win at the French Open in the summer to go along with a pair of runner-up results and a T-4 finish at the U.S. Open, all of which helped him capture the European Tour's season-long title.

    Fleetwood's sudden success in Abu Dhabi serves as a microcosm for his career resurgence. Prior to last year's victory, he had missed the cut in four of his five other trips to this event.

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    Sergio starts season with 66 in Singapore

    By Associated PressJanuary 18, 2018, 12:56 pm

    SINGAPORE – Sergio Garcia opened his season with a 5-under 66 and a share of the clubhouse lead on Thursday in the first round of the weather-interrupted Singapore Open.

    Playing his first tournament of the year, the Masters champion rebounded after making an early bogey to collect four birdies and an eagle at the Sentosa Golf Club.

    He was later joined by American qualifier Kurt Kitayama in the clubhouse lead. Still on the course, Tirawat Kaewsiribandit was at 6 under through 16 holes when play was suspended for the day because of the threat of lightning.

    Louis Oosthuizen, the 2010 Open champion, was at 5 under through 16 holes when he also had to stop his round because of the weather.

    Of the players who did finish their opening rounds, only three were within two strokes of Garcia and Kitayama. One of them was Casey O'Toole, who aced the par-3 second with a 7-iron.

    The 38-year-old Garcia dropped his only shot of the day on the par-4 15th, his sixth hole after teeing off on the back nine, when he missed the fairway and was unable to make par. But he made amends when he birdied the par-3 17th and then eagled the par-5 18th to go out in 33.

    ''I was 1 over after (the) seventh but it didn't feel like I was playing badly,'' said Garcia, who made birdies on each of the two par 5s and one of the par 3s on the second nine. ''But then I hit two greats in a row for holes 17 and 18. I got a birdie-eagle there, so that settled me a little bit and I could play solid in the back nine and it was a great round.''

    Garcia made the shortlist for the Laureus Sports Awards in the Breakthrough of the Year category after claiming his first major at Augusta National last year and is hoping for more success this season.

    He credits the Singapore Open as having played a part in toughening him up for his Masters win because he opted to start his 2017 campaign in the stifling humidity of Southeast Asia to prepare himself for the bigger tournaments ahead.

    Although he finished tied for 11th in Singapore, Garcia won the Dubai Desert Classic the next week and was in peak form when he won the Masters two months later.

    Kitayama only secured his place in the $1 million event on Monday by finishing at the top of the qualifying competition, but he made a strong start with birdies on three of his first five holes. The 25-year-old Thai was 6 under through 13 holes but spoiled his otherwise flawless round with a bogey on his last.

    ''I started with a birdie and I just let it roll from there. I had some good tee shots, which I think, is the biggest thing for this course,'' Kitayama said. ''I'm a little tired, but I'm hanging in there. Whenever I have time off, I'll try not to think too much about golf.''

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    13-year-old beats DJ in closest-to-the-pin contest

    By Ryan LavnerJanuary 18, 2018, 12:26 pm

    Dustin Johnson didn’t just get beat by Tommy Fleetwood and Rory McIlroy on Day 1 of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

    Even a 13-year-old got the best of the world No. 1.

    Oscar Murphy teed off on the 177-yard 15th hole as part of the tournament’s Beat the Pro challenge during the opening round. The Northern Irishman, one of the HSBC’s Future Falcons, carved a 3-wood toward a back-right pin, about 25 feet away, closer than both Johnson and Fleetwood.

    “An unbelievable shot,” Fleetwood said afterward, “and me and Rory both said, ‘We don’t have that in our locker.’”

    Johnson still made par on the hole, but he mixed four birdies with four bogeys Thursday for an even-par 72 that left him six shots back of Fleetwood and Hideto Tanihara after the opening round.

    Johnson, who tied for second here a year ago, is coming off a dominant performance at the Sentry Tournament of Champions, where he won by eight shots to strengthen his lead atop the world rankings. 

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    McIlroy 'really pleased' with opening 69 in Abu Dhabi

    By Ryan LavnerJanuary 18, 2018, 12:10 pm

    It was an auspicious 2018 debut for Rory McIlroy.

    Playing alongside world No. 1 Dustin Johnson for his first round since October, McIlroy missed only one green and shot a bogey-free 69 at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship. McIlroy is three shots back of reigning Race to Dubai champion Tommy Fleetwood, who played in the same group as McIlroy and Johnson, and Hideto Tanihara.

    Starting on the back nine at Abu Dhabi Golf Club, McIlroy began with 11 consecutive pars before birdies on Nos. 3, 7 and 8.

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    “I was excited to get going,” he told reporters afterward. “The last couple of months have been really nice in terms of being able to concentrate on things I needed to work on in my game and health-wise. I feel like I’m the most prepared for a season that I’ve ever been, but it was nice to get back out there.”

    Fleetwood, the defending champion, raced out to another lead while McIlroy and Johnson, who shot 72, just tried to keep pace.

    “Tommy played very well and I was just trying to hang onto his coattails for most of the round, so really pleased – bogey-free 69, I can’t really complain,” McIlroy said.

    This was his first competitive round in more than three months, since a tie for 63rd at the Dunhill Links. He is outside the top 10 in the world ranking for the first time since 2014.