Quigley Tops Watson in MasterCard Playoff

By Sports NetworkJanuary 23, 2005, 5:00 pm
KA'UPULEHU-KONA, Hawaii -- Dana Quigley parred the third playoff hole to win the season-opening MasterCard Championship. Quigley and Tom Watson finished regulation tied at 18-under-par 198.
 
Quigley, who also won here in 2003, closed with a 6-under 66 despite a bogey at the 54th hole. Watson carded a final-round 70 at the Hualalai Golf Club.
 
'I came here to play well here and I did,' said Quigley. 'Tom played fantastic. I think the whole field was revved up to play well this week.'
 
After missing a par putt from just inside 5 feet at the 54th hole, Quigley watched as Watson missed a 9-foot birdie putt at the same hole that would have won the tournament. Watson tapped in for par and it was on to extra holes.
 
Watson missed the green and fairway at the first extra hole, No. 18. However he chipped to 6 feet and made the par putt. Quigley meanwhile found the green with his second shot, but two-putted for par from 12 feet.
 
Both players had lengthy birdie tries at the second playoff hole, No. 16 and each two-putted for par.
 
At the third extra hole, the par-3 17th, Quigley's tee shot came to rest in the fringe just over the back edge of the green. Watson's 8-iron flew over the green and came to rest in dried lava.
 
Watson took his penalty drop and chipped to 5 feet. Quigley rolled his birdie try 3 feet beyond the hole. Watson sank his bogey putt, but it was not enough. Quigley converted his short par putt to earn his ninth Champions Tour title after never winning a single event on the PGA Tour.
 
'I still consider beating Watson in Kansas City my greatest win out here,' Quigley said. 'I know he's been a great ambassador for golf throughout the world. To beat him is icing on the cake, but all 37 players who played here this week are fabulous players.'
 
Quigley got off to a hot start with birdies at Nos. 2 and 4. He stumbled to a bogey on the fifth, but came right back to birdie seven and eagle the par-5 eighth to get to 16 under.
 
Still trailing by two shots, Quigley birdied the 10th to get within one. Watson then bogeyed the 13th. Quigley then birdied par-5 14th to take the lead.
 
Watson, who carded 11 birdies on 12 chances on the par-5s this week, responded with a birdie of his own at the 14th to tied Quigley for the lead.
 
Quigley stiffed his second shot within a foot of the cup at the next. He kicked in that birdie putt to get to 19 under and the lead. He parred his next two holes to maintain that lead, but stumbled at the last.
 
The tour's ironman, who was playing in his 263rd consecutive event for which he has been eligible and 249th straight overall, missed a par putt from just inside 5 feet to force the playoff.
 
'I was blessed the with the ability to play good golf and I've got a great support group,' said an emotional Quigley. 'It's just unbelievable the twists and turns my career has taken. Fifty years basically as a club pro and I come out here win my ninth event out here.'
 
Watson got his round going with back-to-back birdies from the third. He climbed to minus-19 with a birdie at the par-5 10th. The five-time British Open champion faltered to his first bogey of the event at the par-4 11th.
 
Watson tripped to another bogey at the 13th, but atoned for the mistake with a birdie at the next. He parred his final four holes to join Quigley in the playoff.
 
'My nerves got to me a bit today,' admitted Watson, whose last win came at the 2003 JELD-WEN Tradition. 'I didn't feel comfortable the final few holes. I missed some putts on the back nine. I just didn't play well today.'
 
Hale Irwin (65) and Gil Morgan (67), respectively the 1997 and 1998 champions here, shared third place at 17-under-par 199. Wayne Levi and Mark McNulty tied for fifth place at minus-14. Craig Stadler was one stroke further back at minus-13 alongside Rodger Davis.
 
Tom Purtzer finished in ninth place at 12-under-par 204 after a final-round 69. Fuzzy Zoeller, the 2004 champion, and Peter Jacobsen ended in a tie for 10th place at minus-11.
 
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    Ortiz takes Web.com Tour clubhouse lead in Bahamas

    By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 16, 2018, 2:19 am

    Former Web.com Tour Player of the Year Carlos Ortiz shot a bogey-free, 4-under-par 68 Monday to take the clubhouse lead in The Bahamas Great Exuma Classic at Sandals Emerald Bay.

    Four other players - Lee McCoy, Brandon Matthews, Sung Jae Im and Mark Anderson - were still on the course and tied with Ortiz at 6-under 210 when third-round play was suspended by darkness at 5:32 p.m. local time. It is scheduled to resume at 7:15 a.m. Tuesday.

    Ortiz, a 26-year-old from Guadalajara, Mexico, is in search of his fourth Web.com Tour victory. In 2014, the former University of North Texas standout earned a three-win promotion on his way to being voted Web.com Tour Player of the Year.

    McCoy, a 23-year-old from Dunedin, Fla., is looking to become the first player to earn medalist honors at Q-School and then win the opening event of the season.

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    Randall's Rant: Can we please have some rivalries?

    By Randall MellJanuary 16, 2018, 12:00 am

    Memo to the golf gods:

    If you haven’t finalized the fates of today’s stars for the new year, could we get you to deliver what the game has lacked for so long?

    Can we get a real, honest-to-goodness rivalry?

    It’s been more than two decades since the sport has been witness to one.

    With world No. 1 Dustin Johnson and former world No. 1 Rory McIlroy at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship this week, an early-season showdown would percolate hope that this year might be all about rivalries.

    It seems as if the stars are finally aligned to make up for our long drought of rivalries, of the recurring clashes you have so sparingly granted through the game’s history.

    We’re blessed in a new era of plenty, with so many young stars blossoming, and with Tiger Woods offering hope he may be poised for a comeback. With Johnson, McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, Jason Day, Justin Thomas, Jon Rahm, Hideki Matsuyama, Brooks Koepka and Rickie Fowler among today’s dynamic cast, the possibility these titans will time their runs together on the back nine of Sundays in majors excites.

    We haven’t seen a real rivalry since Greg Norman and Nick Faldo sparred in the late '80s and early '90s.

    Woods vs. Phil Mickelson didn’t really count. While Lefty will be remembered for carving out a Hall of Fame career in the Tiger era, with 33 victories, 16 of them with Tiger in the field, five of them major championships, we get that Tiger had no rival, not in the most historic sense.


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    Phil never reached No. 1, was never named PGA Tour Player of the Year, never won a money title and never dueled with Woods on Sunday on the back nine of a major with the title on the line.  Still, it doesn’t diminish his standing as the best player not named Tiger Woods over the last 20 years. It’s a feat so noteworthy it makes him one of the game’s all-time greats.

    We’ve been waiting for an honest-to-goodness rivalry since Faldo and Norman took turns ruling at world No. 1 and dueling in big events, including the back nine of multiple majors. 

    In the '70s, we had Nicklaus-Watson. In the '60s, it was Nicklaus-Palmer. In the '40s and '50s, it was Hogan, Snead and Nelson in a triumvirate mix, and in the '20s and '30s we had Hagen and Sarazen.

    While dominance is the magic ingredient that can break a sport out of its niche, a dynamic rivalry is the next best elixir.

    Dustin Johnson looks capable of dominating today’s game, but there’s so much proven major championship talent on his heels. It’s hard to imagine him consistently fending off all these challengers, but it’s the fending that would captivate us.

    Johnson vs. McIlroy would be a fireworks show. So would Johnson vs. Thomas, or Thomas vs. Day or McIlroy vs. Rahm or Fowler vs. Koepka ... or any of those combinations.

    Spieth is a wild card that intrigues.

    While he’s not a short hitter, he isn’t the power player these other guys are, but his iron game, short game, putter and moxie combine to make him the most compelling challenger of all. His resolve, resilience and resourcefulness in the final round of his British Open victory at Royal Birkdale make him the most interesting amalgam of skill since Lee Trevino.

    Woods vs. any of them? Well, if we get that, we promise never to ask for anything more.

    So, if that cosmic calendar up there isn’t filled, how about it? How about a year of rivalries to remember?

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    McIlroy: 2018 may be my busiest season ever

    By Will GrayJanuary 15, 2018, 6:28 pm

    With his return to competition just days away, Rory McIlroy believes that the 2018 season may be the most action packed of his pro career.

    The 28-year-old has not teed it up since the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship in early October, a hiatus he will end at this week's Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship. It will be the start of a busy spring for the Ulsterman, who will also play next week in Dubai before a run of six PGA Tour events leading up to the Masters.

    Speaking to the U.K.'s Telegraph, McIlroy confirmed that he will also make a return trip to the British Masters in October and plans to remain busy over the next 12 months.

    "I might play more times this year than any before. I played 28 times in 2008 and I'm on track to beat that," McIlroy said. "I could get to 30 (events), depending on where I'm placed in the Race to Dubai. But I'll see."

    McIlroy's ambitious plan comes in the wake of a frustrating 2017 campaign, when he injured his ribs in his first start and twice missed chunks of time in an effort to recover. He failed to win a worldwide event and finished the year ranked outside the top 10, both of which had not happened since 2008.

    But having had more than three months to get his body and swing in shape, McIlroy is optimistic heading into the first of what he hopes will be eight starts in the 12 weeks before he drives down Magnolia Lane.

    "I've worked hard on my short game and I'm probably feeling better with the putter than I ever have," McIlroy said. "I've had a lot of time to concentrate on everything and it all feels very good and a long way down the road."

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    What's in the Bag: Sony Open winner Kizzire

    By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 15, 2018, 6:05 pm

    Patton Kizzire earned his second PGA Tour victory by winning a six-hole playoff at the Sony Open in Hawaii. Take a look inside his bag.

    Driver: Titleist 917D3 (10.5 degrees), with Fujikura Atmos Black 6 X shaft

    Fairway Wood: Titleist 917F2 (16.5 degrees), with Aldila Tour Blue 95 TX shaft

    Hybrid: Titleist 913H (19 degrees), with UST Mamiya AXIV Core 100 Hybrid shaft

    Irons: Titleist 718 T-MB (4), 718 CB (5-6), 718 MB (7-9), with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts

    Wedges: Titleist SM7 prototype (47, 52, 56, 60 degrees), with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts

    Putter: Scotty Cameron GoLo Tour prototype

    Ball: Titleist Pro V1x