Quigley Edges Zoeller Gilder for Siebel Win

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In conditions that turned even the best senior golfers into models of inconsistency, the Siebel Classic in Silicon Valley was won by the most consistent one of all.
 
Dana Quigley made a 10-foot par putt on the final hole, holding off Fuzzy Zoeller and Bob Gilder on Sunday for a one-stroke victory at the rain-soaked tournament.
 
While many of the second-round leaders skidded off the leader board on the damp fairways and soggy greens, the rain didn't much bother Quigley, a New Englander who was playing in the 174th consecutive Senior event for which he was eligible.
 
'I actually liked it better this way than the last two days, with all that wind,' said Quigley, who finished at 4-under 212. 'I told my wife this morning on the way to the golf course that these were good conditions for me.'
 
With a 1-under 71 in the final round, Quigley got his sixth Senior PGA Tour victory while steadily fending off two eager challengers and a steady downpour at Coyote Creek Golf Club. Quigley didn't even panic when Zoeller and Gilder lined up birdie putts on the 18th that could have tied him.
 
Smoking a cigar and chuckling with his small gallery while other players harrumphed their way around the chilly, wet course, Quigley played a bogey-free round for which he needed all of the all-weather consistency he learned growing up in Rhode Island.
 
'I've learned to be a mudder,' he said. 'I've got a horrible, choppy little golf swing, and if I put on a lot of clothes, I've still got a horrible, choppy little golf swing. The cold doesn't bother me.'
 
Quigley, who has six top-10 finishes in eight starts this season has won at least one event in five of his six years on the tour. His wife, Angie, was just as hearty, walking all 18 holes with him in the rain.
 
Quigley won $210,000 - matching the biggest paycheck of his career - from the $1.4 million purse.
 
While Quigley was rock-solid, Gilder went through some spectacular ups and downs while finishing 1-under. He birdied the first four holes despite some of the heaviest rain of the day, but then made four bogeys before a 30-foot birdie putt on the 17th pulled him within one stroke of Quigley.
 
'I played in a lot of this stuff in high school, but I'd forgotten,' said Gilder, who grew up in Oregon. 'I don't go out in this kind of weather unless somebody really pokes me these days.'
 
Zoeller, who was 2-under in the final round of his sixth senior tournament after turning 50 last November, also birdied No. 17. Gilder and Zoeller put their second shots on the 18th onto the green, while Quigley's iron ended up in the short rough.
 
But Zoeller's 15-foot birdie putt got halfway into the hole before lipping out, and Gilder slid his 20-footer past the right edge of the hole.
 
'I did get a big hunk of [the hole],' Zoeller said. 'I swallowed my tongue twice when it went in and out of there. ... I haven't been in the hunt for a while, so that was great. My nerves were fine. It's a good thing to know for next time.'
 
Quigley got up and down from the rough, with his winning putt rattling into the hole. He picked up 210 points to move into third place behind Hale Irwin and Tom Kite for the Senior Tour's Schwab Cup.
 
The weekend conditions showed the folly of relying on the Northern California weather in the spring. After wind and cold kept scores high on the first two days, the rain made for a different kind of discomfort in the final round.
 
The weather chewed up some golfers, while barely affecting others. Jay Sigel, who took a one-stroke lead into the final round, crashed out of contention with a final-round 79 that included a triple bogey. Tom Wargo, who finished fourth with a 214, made three straight bogeys on the back nine that knocked him out of contention.
 
Defending champion Irwin, whose 79 on Saturday knocked him out of contention, somehow finished with three straight birdies for a 67 on Sunday.
 
'It was a completely different golf course all three days,' Irwin said.
 
There's talk of moving the event to the fall, when the Transamerica Championship held in the Napa Valley typically attracts big crowds and outstanding weather.
 
Full-field scores from the Siebel Classic at Silicon Valley