Quinney Advances to Quarterfinals

By Sports NetworkAugust 23, 2001, 4:00 pm
Jeff Quinney, the 2000 U.S. Amateur champion, advanced to the quarterfinals of the 101st U.S. Amateur Championship after beating Kris Mikkelsen 1-up Thursday afternoon.
James Driscoll, last year's runner-up, was bounced by Japan's Taichiro Kiyota 1-up.
Daniel Summerhays, the youngest participant at 17, defeated Billy Harvey 4-and-3 to advance to Friday's quarterfinals against Robert Hamilton.
Both Quinney and Driscoll advanced to the third round after winning their second round matches held earlier Thursday morning.
The 22-year-old Quinney held off fellow Walker Cup player and U.S. Amateur Public Links champion D.J. Trahan 1-up after converting a three-foot par putt on the 18th.
The defending champion had a 3-up lead after 15 holes but bogeys on the 16th and 17th allowed Trahan to close the gap.
'Those last three holes are difficult and you just somehow wish it on the fairway,' said Quinney. 'He was hitting the fairways and putting pressure on me. I made a lot of birdies so I had some confidence going. I just wanted to figure out how to get into the clubhouse.'
Quinney is looking to become only the fourth player since World War II to successfully defend his title, joining Harvie Ward, Jr. (1955-56), Jay Sigel (1982-83) and Tiger Woods, who won three in row from 1994-1996.
Driscoll showed improvement in his second round play, after struggling to hold off Casey Yates in 19 holes in Wednesday's first round.
'I think I just executed better,' said Driscoll. 'I think I was pretty focused but my swing wasn't quite there.'
The quarterfinals will be held Friday with Quinney meeting Brian Nosler, who defeated Michael Webb 1-up in the third round.
Kiyota will face Manuel Merizdale, who bested Nick Watney in 19 holes.
In Friday's other quarterfinal match, Bubba Dickerson will square off against Michael Sims, who needed 22 holes to get past John Carlson.
Results of Thursdays second round of match play:
Upper Bracket Morning Matches

Robert Hamilton def. Greg Earnhardt - 3 and 2.
Daniel Ozley def. Scott Abbott - 20 holes.
Daniel Summerhays def. Brooks Kelly - 2 and 1.
Billy Harvey def. Jerry Courville - 2 and 1.
James Driscoll def. Casey Yates, Fouke, Ariz. (142) - 6 and 5.
Taichiro Kiyota def. Sandy Horacek - 2 and 1
Nick Watney def. Nicholas Thompson - 7 and 6.
Manuel Merizalde def. Nick Cassini - 5 and 4.
Lower Bracket Morning Matches
Brian Nosler def. Robert Godfrey - 2 and 1.
Michael Webb def. Jamie Elson - 3 and 2.
Kris Mikkelsen def. John Engler - 1 up.
Jeff Quinney def. D.J. Trahan - 1 up.
Michael Sims def. Simon Nash - 1 up.
John Carlson def. Ryan Blaum - 1 up
Camilo Villegas def. Andy Doeden - 1 up
Bubba Dickerson def. Chris Nalen - 1 up
Upper Bracket Afternoon Matches
1:30 p.m. ' Robert Hamilton def. Daniel Ozley - 4 and 3.
1:40 p.m. ' Daniel Summerhays def. Billy Harvey - 4 and 3.
1:50 p.m. ' Taichiro Kiyota def. James Driscoll - 1 up.
2:00 p.m. ' Manuel Merizalde def. Nick Watney - 19 holes.
Lower Bracket Afternoon Matches
2:10 p.m. ' Brian Nosler def. Michael Webb - 1 up.
2:20 p.m. ' Jeff Quinney def. Kris Mikkelson - 1 up.
2:30 p.m. ' Michael Sims def. John Carlson - 1 up.
2:40 p.m. ' Bubba Dickerson def. Camilo Villegas - 2 and 1.
Friday's Pairings
9:00 a.m. ' Robert Hamilton (141) vs. Daniel Summerhays (142).
9:15 a.m. ' Taichiro Kiyota (143) vs. Manuel Merizalde (142)
9:30 a.m. ' Brian Nosler (141) vs. Jeff Quinney (142)
9:45 a.m. ' Michael Sims (135) vs. Bubba Dickerson (141)
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What's in the bag: CareerBuilder winner Rahm

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 22, 2018, 10:37 pm

Jon Rahm defeated Andrew Landry in a playoff to earn his second PGA Tour title at the CareerBuilder Challenge. Here's what's in his bag:

Driver: TaylorMade M4 (9.5 degrees), with Aldila Tour Green 75 TX shaft

Fairway wood: TaylorMade M3 (19 degrees), with Aldila Tour Green 75 TX shaft

Irons: TaylorMade P790 (3), P750 (4-PW), with Project X 6.5 shafts

Wedges: TaylorMade Milled Grind (52, 56 degrees), Milled Grind Hi-Toe (60 degrees), with Project X 6.5 shafts

Putter: TaylorMade Spider Tour Red

Ball: TaylorMade TP5x

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Strange irked by Rahm-Landry friendly playoff

By Jason CrookJanuary 22, 2018, 9:45 pm

Curtis Strange knows a thing or two about winning golf tournaments, and based on his reaction to the CareerBuilder Challenge playoff on Sunday, it’s safe to say he did things a little differently while picking up 17 PGA Tour victories in his Hall-of-Fame career.

While Jon Rahm and Andrew Landry were “battling” through four extra holes, Strange, 62, tweeted his issues with the duo’s constant chit-chat and friendly banter down the stretch at La Quinta Country Club, where Rahm eventually came out on top.

The two-time U.S. Open champ then engaged with some followers to explain his point a little more in depth.

So, yeah ... don't think he's changing his perspective on this topic anytime soon ever.

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Randall's Rant: The Euros won't just roll over

By Randall MellJanuary 22, 2018, 9:36 pm

The Ryder Cup may not be the King Kong of golf events yet, but you can hear the biennial international team event thumping its chest a full eight months out.

As anticipation for this year’s big events goes, there is more buzz about Europe’s bid to hold off a rejuvenated American effort in Paris in September than there is about the Masters coming up in April.

Thank Europe’s phenomenal success last weekend for that.

And Rory McIlroy’s impassioned remarks in Abu Dhabi.

And the provocative bulletin board material a certain Sports Illustrated writer provided the Europeans a couple months ago, with a stinging assault on the Euro chances that read like an obituary.

McIlroy was asked in a news conference before his 2018 debut last week what he was most excited about this year.

The Ryder Cup topped his list.

Though McIlroy will be trying to complete the career Grand Slam at Augusta National come April, he talked more about the Ryder Cup than he did any of the game’s major championships.

When asked a follow-up about the American team’s resurgence after a task-force overhaul and the injection of young, new star power, McIlroy nearly started breaking down the matchup. He talked about the young Americans and how good they are.

“Yeah, the Americans have been, obviously, very buoyant about their chances and whatever, but it’s never as easy as that. ... The Ryder Cup’s always close,” McIlroy said. “I think we’ll have a great team, and it definitely won’t be as easy as they think it’s going to be.”

McIlroy may have been talking about Alan Shipnuck’s bold prediction after the American Presidents Cup rout last fall.

Or similar assertions from TV analysts.

“The Ryder Cup is dead – you just don’t know it yet,” Shipnuck wrote. “One of the greatest events in sport is on the verge of irrelevancy. The young, talented, hungry golfers from the United States, benefitting from the cohesive leadership of the Task Force era, are going to roll to victory in 2018 in Paris.”

European Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn won’t find words that will motivate the Euros more than that as he watches his prospective players jockey to make the team.

And, boy, did they jockey last weekend.

The Euros dominated across the planet, not that they did it with the Ryder Cup as some rallying cry, because they didn’t. But it was a heck of an encouraging start to the year for Bjorn to witness.

Spain’s Jon Rahm won the CareerBuilder Challenge on the PGA Tour, England’s Tommy Fleetwood started the week at Abu Dhabi paired with American and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson and won the European Tour event, and Spain’s Sergio Garcia won the Singapore Open in a rout on the Asian Tour.

And McIlroy looked close to being in midseason form, tying for third in his first start in three months.

Yes, it’s only January, and the Ryder Cup is still a long way off, with so much still to unfold, but you got an early sense from McIlroy how much defending European turf will mean to him and the Euros in Paris in September.

The Masters is great theater, the U.S. Open a rigorous test, The Open and the PGA Championship historically important, too, but the Ryder Cup touches a nerve none of those do.

The Ryder Cup stokes more fervor, provokes more passion and incites more vitriol than any other event in golf.

More bulletin board material, too.

Yeah, it’s a long way off, but you can already hear the Ryder Cup’s King Kong like footsteps in its distant approach. Watching how the American and European teams come together will be an ongoing drama through spring and summer.

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Quail Hollow officials promise players easier conditions

By Rex HoggardJanuary 22, 2018, 9:14 pm

Quail Hollow Club - a staple on the PGA Tour since 2003 - debuted as a longer, tougher version of itself at last year’s PGA Championship, receiving mixed reviews from players.

The course played to a lengthened 7,600 yards at last year’s PGA and a 73.46 stroke average, the toughest course in relation to par on Tour in 2017. As a result, it left some players less than excited to return to the Charlotte, N.C.-area layout later this spring for the Wells Fargo Championship.

It’s that lack of enthusiasm that led officials at Quail Hollow to send a video to players saying, essentially, that the course players have lauded for years will be back in May.

The video, which includes Quail Hollow president Johnny Harris and runs nearly five minutes, begins with an explanation of how the first hole, which played as a 524-yard par 4 at the PGA, will play much shorter at the Wells Fargo Championship.

“I had a number of my friends who were playing in the tournament tell me that tee was better suited as a lemonade stand,” Harris joked of the new tee box on the fourth hole. “I doubt we’ll ever see that tee used again in competition.”

Harris also explained that the greens, which became too fast for some, will be “softer” for this year’s Wells Fargo Championship.