Quigley Wins Back-to-Back Titles in KC

By Sports NetworkJuly 2, 2006, 4:00 pm
Champions TourOVERLAND PARK, Kan. -- Dana Quigley fired a course-record, 9-under 63 Sunday to roar from behind and repeat as the champion at the Greater Kansas City Golf Classic. Quigley ended the event at 18-under-par 198.
The win was Quigley's 11th on the Champions Tour. He has won this event three times, having also won here in 2000.
David Edwards, who led after the first two rounds, closed with a 4-under 68 to take second place at 15-under-par 201. Joe Ozaki (66) and Brad Bryant (70) shared third place at minus-12.
Quigley trailed by two entering the round. He dropped in a birdie on the first to move to 10 under. After a birdie on the par-4 third, Quigley got within one of Edwards' lead as he birdied the par-5 fourth.
The 59-year-old Quigley briefly grabbed a share of the lead with a birdie on the fifth on the Nicklaus Golf Club at LionsGate.
Edwards, however, was on a roll of his own. He birdied the second, then chipped in for birdie on three. Edwards got up and down for birdie on four to move to 14 under, one clear of Quigley.
The 50-year-old Edwards tripped to a bogey on the fifth to slip back to 13 under and a share of the lead with Quigley.
Quigley birdied the seventh to maintain a share of the lead as Edwards stuck his approach 3 feet from the cup at six to set up birdie. Quigley began to pull away from there.
He drained a long birdie putt on the par-4 ninth, then two-putted for birdie from 9 feet at the 10th to move two clear of Edwards at 16 under.
While those two were battling, Lonnie Nielsen was making a run for the lead as well. He posted four birdies on the front nine to climb to minus-12.
Nielsen eagled the 10th, then birdied the 11th to get into second place at 15 under. Things fell apart for Nielsen at the 14th when he found water off the tee. That led to a double bogey, then he carded two more bogeys on his way in to end in a tie for fifth place.
Quigley got to 17 under with a two-putt birdie on the par-5 12th. He parred four straight from the 13th, then knocked his second shot to 3 feet at 17 to set up his final birdie.
Edwards collected a birdie on 10 from 17 feet out to move within one of Quigley, but he parred four in a row from there. Edwards got to 16 under with a birdie at the 15, but he bogeyed the next to fall three back. He parred the final two to remain there.
Nielsen posted a 3-under 69 to end in a tie for fifth at 11-under-par 205. He finished alongside Tim Simpson (67), Keith Fergus (70) and Bob Gilder (69).
R.W. Eaks, Tom Jenkins and Massy Kuramoto all posted 3-under 69 in the final round to share ninth with Gary McCord (71) at minus-10.
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  • Day (68) just one back at Australian Open

    By Nick MentaNovember 24, 2017, 6:40 am

    Jason Day posted a second-round 68 to move himself just one off the lead held by Lucas Herbert through two rounds at the Emirates Australian Open. Here’s where things stand after 36 holes in Sydney.

    Leaderboard: Herbert (-9), Day (-8), Cameron Davis (-7), Anthony Quayle (-6), Matt Jones (-4), Cameron Smith (-4), Nick Cullen (-4), Richard Green (-4)

    What it means: Day is in search of his first worldwide victory of 2017. The former world No. 1 last visited the winner’s circle in May 2016, when he won The Players at TPC Sawgrass. A win this week would close out a difficult year for the Aussie who struggled with his game while also helping his mother in her battle with cancer. Day’s last victory on his native soil came in 2013, when he partnered with Adam Scott to win the World Cup of Golf for Australia at Royal Melbourne.

    Full-field scores from the Emirates Australian Open

    Round of the day: Herbert followed an opening 67 with a round of 66 to vault himself into the lead at The Australian Golf Club. He made six birdies, including four on his second nine, against a lone bogey to take the outright lead. The 22-year-old, who held the lead at this event last year and captured low-amateur honors in 2014, is coming off a runner-up finish at the NSW Open Championship, which boosted him from 714th to 429th in the Official World Golf Ranking. His 5-under score was matched by Dale Brandt-Richards and Josh Cabban.

    Best of the rest: Matt Jones, who won this event over Jordan Spieth and Adam Scott two years ago, turned in 4-under 67. Jones is best known to American audiences for his playoff victory at the 2014 Shell Houston Open and for holding the 36-hole lead at the 2015 PGA Championship at Whistling Straits, which was eventually won by Day. Jones will start the weekend five shots off the lead, at 4 under par.

    Biggest disappointment: Spieth has a lot of work to do this weekend if he expects to be in the title picture for the fourth year in a row. Rounds of 70-71 have him eight shots behind the lead held by Herbert. Spieth made a birdie and a bogey on each side Friday to turn in level par. The reigning champion golfer of the year has finished first, second and first at this event over the last three years.

    Storyline to watch this weekend: The Australian Open is the first event of the 2018 Open Qualifying Series. The leading three players who finish in the top 10 and who are not otherwise exempt will receive invites into next summer’s Open Championship at Carnoustie.

    Ogilvy urges distance rollback of ball

    By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 23, 2017, 8:49 pm

    Add Geoff Ogilvy to the chorus of voices calling for a distance rollback of the golf ball.

    In an interview before the start of the Emirates Australian Open, Ogilvy said a "time-out" is needed for governing bodies to deal with the issue.

    "It's complete nonsense," he said, according to an Australian website. "In my career, it’s gone from 300 yards was a massive hit to you’re a shorter hitter on tour now, legitimately short. It’s changed the way we play great golf courses and that is the crime. It isn’t that the ball goes 400, that’s neither here nor there. It’s the fact the ball going 400 doesn’t makes Augusta work properly, it functions completely wrong.’’

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    Ogilvy used an example from American baseball to help get his point across to an Australian audience.

    “Major League Baseball in America, they use wooden bats, and everywhere else in baseball they use aluminium bats,’’ he said. “And when the major leaguers use aluminium bats they don’t even have to touch it and it completely destroys their stadiums. It’s just comedy.

    “That’s kind of what’s happened to us at least with the drivers of these big hitters; We’ve completely outgrown the stadiums. So do you rebuild every stadium in the world? That’s expensive. Or make the ball go shorter? It seems relatively simple from that perspective.’’

    Ogilvy, an Australian who won the 2006 U.S. Open, said he believes there will be a rollback, but admitted it would be a "challenge" for manufacturers to produce a ball that flies shorter for pros but does not lose distance when struck by recreational players.

    The golf world celebrates Thanksgiving

    By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 23, 2017, 6:01 pm

    Here's a look, through social media, at how the golf world celebrates Thanksgiving.

    Lexi Thompson:

    Baking time!!

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    Happy Thanksgiving: Biggest turkeys of 2017

    By Grill Room TeamNovember 23, 2017, 3:00 pm

    Thanksgiving brings us golf's biggest turkeys of the year. Donald Trump, Grayson Murray and a certain (now-former) tournament director headline the list. Click here or on the image below to check out all the turkeys.