Snedeker Wins Showdown Over Quinney

By Sports NetworkJuly 16, 2006, 4:00 pm
2006 Scholarship America ShowdownBYRON, Minn. -- Brandt Snedeker two-putted for birdie on the second playoff hole Sunday to down Jeff Quinney and win the Scholarship America Showdown.
 
Quinney birdied three in a row from the 15th to post 5-under 67 and get into the clubhouse at 16-under-par 272. Snedeker eagled the last to also end at minus-16 thanks to his own round of 67.
 
They returned to the par-5 18th for the first playoff hole. Both players found the green in two, but Snedeker had 40 feet for eagle. He was unable to sink that putt, but tapped in for birdie.
 
Quinney also had a lengthy eagle putt, which he was unable to make. When he tapped in for birdie, it was back to the 18th at Somerby Golf Club for a second time.
 
The duo each ripped drives right down the middle on the second extra hole. Snedeker, playing first from 207 yards out, knocked his approach to 12 feet.
 
Quinney, from a few yards closer, left his approach just short of the green, but on the fairway. He pitched his third to 8 feet.
 
Snedeker's eagle try slid by the left edge, but he tapped in for birdie. Quinney needed to make his 8-foot birdie putt to extend the playoff, but he pulled it and the putt didn't touch the hole.
 
The win for Snedeker was his first on tour and moved him to 1-1 in extra sessions, having lost to Kyle Reifers two events ago at the Chattanooga Classic.
 
'This is awesome. I'm kind of tearing up now since I've done so much work over the last year to get here. I feel like I played great today,' said Snedeker, who earned $99,000 for the win. 'I feel bad for Jeff 'cause he played a great last round. I was through that two weeks ago, so I know how he's feeling.'
 
Kyle Thompson, who was one of four players sharing the lead entering the final round, carded a 2-under 70 to share third place at 14-under-par 274. He was joined there by Tim O'Neal, who closed with a 3-under 69.
 
Justin Bolli took fifth place at minus-13 with a final-round 70. Jason Caron (70) and Jon Turcott (70) were one stroke further back at 12-under-par 276.
 
Quinney, the 2000 U.S. Amateur champion, carded birdies on the fifth and eighth to make the turn at 13 under. He parred the first five holes of the back nine before birdies on each of his next three holes got him to 16 under. Quinney parred the last to get into the clubhouse first.
 
Snedeker opened with back-to-back birdies from the first to move to 13 under. He gave a stroke back with a bogey on six, but recovered that lost stroke as he birdied No. 9.
 
The 25-year-old Snedeker tripped to another bogey on the 11th. However, he birdied 15 and 16 to get back to 14 under. At the last, Snedeker poured in a clutch eagle putt to join Quinney at 16 under and get into the playoff.
 
'It's nice to be on the winning end,' admitted Snedeker. 'I can breath a little easier the rest of the year. Hopefully I won't have to stress out the next couple of months and kind of enjoy the moment a little bit.'
 
Bryce Molder, who shared the lead entering Sunday with Thompson, Turcott and Mike Perez, stumbled to a 1-over 73 in the final round to end at 11-under-par 277. He was joined there by Michael Harris, Jin Park and Gary Christian.
 
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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

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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