Quinney Still Leads Baddeley Makes Move - COPIED

By Sports NetworkFebruary 4, 2007, 5:00 pm
2007 FBR OpenSCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- PGA TOUR rookie Jeff Quinney survived a spotty round and escaped with his lead intact Saturday at the FBR Open.
 
The impressive Nationwide Tour grad shot a 3-under 68 in the third round, making the last of his three bogeys after a poor chip at No. 18 and finishing the day with a two-shot lead over Aaron Baddeley.
 
Quinney, the 2000 U.S. Amateur champion and a former player at Arizona State, was at 16-under-par 197 for his first 54-hole lead on the PGA TOUR. He had led by three shots overnight.
 
Aaron Baddeley
Aaron Baddeley posted a 7-under 64 to close within two of the lead. (Wire Images)
'It was my first experience being in the lead group at this tournament with all those people watching, and I learned a lot today,' said Quinney.
 
Baddeley matched the low round of the day with a seven-under 64, trimming a six-shot deficit to just a pair of strokes despite hitting only five fairways Saturday.
 
He is 14-under 199 and looking to reverse a disappointing history at this event, where the Australian has missed the cut in three of his previous four starts.
 
'I think that because I live here I have put a lot of pressure on myself,' said Baddeley, who lives nearby in the same neighborhood as Quinney. 'This year I'm just enjoying it.'
 
Brett Quigley (66) and Bart Bryant (68) share third place at 13-under 200, with Vaughn Taylor (67), John Rollins (68) and Robert Garrigus (68) a shot further back at 201.
 
The second round was completed in the morning after play was suspended due to darkness Friday. For the second straight day there was a frost delay that pushed the first groups back.
 
Among those players who missed the 2-under 140 cut line were two-time winner Phil Mickelson and defending champion J.B. Holmes (both 141).
 
Quinney began his round with a 20-foot birdie putt on No. 1, then made a 4- footer for his second birdie at the third. He lipped out a 3-foot par putt at the seventh, but rallied with back-to-back birdies to finish the front nine in 32.
 
After making bogey from a fairway bunker at the 10th, Quinney strung together four consecutive pars while his lead was trimmed from three shots to one. He found another bunker at the 15th, this time blasting to within a foot to set up a birdie and move to 16 under.
 
In front of the raucous gallery at No. 16, Quinney knocked his tee shot right of the green and received a good-natured 'Boo!' from the thousands of onlookers at TPC of Scottsdale.
 
He shook it off, chipped within 5 feet and made par.
 
'You miss the green or you hit a putt short of the hole and you get a little criticized,' Quinney acknowledged. 'It's not really a flag you shoot at. I was just a little juiced up but made par and got out of there.'
 
Quinney rolled in a 3-foot birdie at the 17th, then gave away a shot at the 18th when he clubbed down to a 9-iron from 150 yards and came up short of the green.
 
With a pair of top-10 finishes in three events this season, he is getting used to playing late on Sunday.
 
'I'm going to look back at those, be able to be more comfortable and just approach the whole day in a different mind set, knowing that I can do it,' Quinney said.
 
Winning will take more than just confidence. There are 14 players within six shots of his lead heading into the final round.
 
'The greens are perfect, weather is perfect. I can't just go out there and shoot par tomorrow, I've got to make birdies,' Quinney said.
 
Baddeley made seven birdies in a bogey-free round and closed with a 20-foot birdie putt at the 18th. When he finished, he wasn't sure how close to Quinney he was.
 
He hadn't been looking at the leaderboard.
 
'Tomorrow I'll have a look because you've sort of got to have a look, but I'm just going to play golf,' Baddeley said. 'All I can control is my Titleist, and that's it.'
 
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    Hadwin returns to site of last year's 59

    By Will GrayJanuary 17, 2018, 11:04 pm

    Adam Hadwin had a career season last year, one that included shooting a 59 and winning a PGA Tour event. But those two achievements didn't occur in the same week.

    While Hadwin's breakthrough victory came at the Valspar Championship in March, it was at the CareerBuilder Challenge in January when he first made headlines with a third-round 59 at La Quinta Country Club. Hadwin took a lead into the final round as a result, but he ultimately couldn't keep pace with Hudson Swafford.

    He went on to earn a spot at the Tour Championship, and Hadwin made his first career Presidents Cup appearance in October. Now the Canadian returns to Palm Springs, eager to improve on last year's result and hoping to earn a spot in the final group for a third straight year after a T-6 finish in 2016.

    "A lot of good memories here in the desert," Hadwin told reporters. "I feel very comfortable here, very at home. Lots of Canadians, so it's always fun to play well in front of those crowds and hopefully looking forward to another good week."

    Hadwin's 59 last year was somewhat overshadowed, both by the fact that he didn't win the event and that it came just one week after Justin Thomas shot a 59 en route to victory at the Sony Open. But he's still among an exclusive club of just eight players to have broken 60 in competition on Tour and he's eager to get another crack at La Quinta on Saturday.

    "If I'm in the same position on 18, I'm gunning for 58 this year," Hadwin said, "not playing safe for 59."

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    Rahm: If I thought like Phil, I could not hit a shot

    By Will GrayJanuary 17, 2018, 10:39 pm

    When it comes to Jon Rahm and Phil Mickelson, there are plenty of common bonds. Both starred at Arizona State, both are now repped by the same agency and Rahm's former college coach and agent, Tim Mickelson, now serves full-time as his brother's caddie.

    Those commonalities mean the two men have played plenty of practice rounds together, but the roads quickly diverge when it comes to on-course behavior. Rahm is quick, fiery and decisive; Mickelson is one of the most analytical players on Tour. And as Rahm told reporters Wednesday at the CareerBuilder Challenge, those differences won't end anytime soon.

    "I don't need much. 'OK, it's like 120 (yards), this shot, right," Rahm said. "And then you have Phil, it's like, 'Oh, this shot, the moisture, this going on, this is like one mile an hour wind sideways, it's going to affect it one yard. This green is soft, this trajectory. They're thinking, and I'm like, 'I'm lost.' I'm like, 'God if I do that thought process, I could not hit a golf shot.'"


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    The tactics may be more simplified, but Rahm can't argue with the results. While Mickelson is in the midst of a winless drought that is approaching five years, Rahm won three times around the world last year and will defend a PGA Tour title for the first time next week at Torrey Pines.

    Both men are in the field this week in Palm Springs, where Mickelson will make his 2018 debut with what Rahm fully expects to be another dose of high-level analytics for the five-time major winner with his brother on the bag.

    "It's funny, he gets to the green and then it's the same thing. He's very detail-oriented," Rahm said of Mickelson. "I'm there listening and I'm like, 'Man, I hope we're never paired together for anything because I can't think like this. I would not be able to play golf like that. But for me to listen to all that is really fun."

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    DJ changes tune on golf ball distance debate

    By Will GrayJanuary 17, 2018, 9:16 pm

    World No. 1 Dustin Johnson is already one of the longest hitters in golf, so he's not looking for any changes to be made to golf ball technology - despite comments from him that hinted at just such a notion two months ago.

    Johnson is in the Middle East this week for the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, and he told BBC Sport Wednesday that he wouldn't be in favor of making changes to the golf ball in order to remedy some of the eye-popping distances players are hitting the ball with ever-increasing frequency.

    "It's not like we are dominating golf courses," Johnson said. "When was the last time you saw someone make the game too easy? I don't really understand what all the debate is about because it doesn't matter how far it goes; it is about getting it in the hole."

    Johnson's rhetorical question might be answered simply by looking back at his performance at the Sentry Tournament of Champions earlier this month, an eight-shot romp that featured a tee shot on the 433-yard 12th hole that bounded down a slope to within inches of the hole.

    Johnson appeared much more willing to consider a reduced-distance ball option at the Hero World Challenge in November, when he sat next to tournament host Tiger Woods and supported Woods' notion that the ball should be addressed.

    "I don't mind seeing every other professional sport, they play with one ball. All the pros play with the same ball," Johnson said. "In baseball, the guys that are bigger and stronger, they can hit a baseball a lot further than the smaller guys. ... I think there should be some kind of an advantage for guys who work on hitting it far and getting that speed that's needed, so having a ball, like the same ball that everyone plays, there's going to be, you're going to have more of an advantage."

    Speaking Wednesday in Abu Dhabi, Johnson stood by the notion that regardless of whether the rules change or stay the same, he plans to have a leg up on the competition.

    "If the ball is limited then it is going to limit everyone," he said. "I'm still going to hit it that much further than I guess the average Tour player."

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    By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 17, 2018, 8:18 pm

    The LPGA’s return to Los Angeles will come with the new Hugel-JTBC Open being played at Wilshire Country Club April 19-22, the tour announced Wednesday.

    When the LPGA originally released its schedule, it listed the Los Angeles event with the site to be announced at a later date.

    The Hugel-JTBC Open will feature a 144-player field and a $1.5 million purse. It expands the tour’s West Coast swing, which will now be made up of four events in California in March and April.

    The LPGA last played in Los Angeles in 2005. Wilshire Country Club hosted The Office Depot in 2001, with Annika Sorenstam winning there.