Quinney Still Leads Baddeley Makes Move

By Sports NetworkFebruary 3, 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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    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