This week, he starts yet another year when the MasterCard Championship at Hualalai (TGC, Friday at 7:30 PM/ET)begins in Kaupuleha- Kona, Hawaii. But the 58-year-old Quigley will always remember 2005, the season when he was finally proclaimed the crme de la crme of the Champions Tour.
You think it wasnt the pinnacle of Quigleys life?
Just to put it in perspective, said Quigley, the $2 million I won was more than my first 50 years cumulative, and that's including all of the prize money I won in all of the tournaments and everything.
He talked at the season-ending Charles Schwab Cup last year, about what the season meant to him.
You know, where I'm sitting right now (at the Schwab Cup) was not in any of our discussions, I can tell you that, he said. It's a total surprise and shock to me that I would be where I am.
The $2 million man thought about what might have made the difference in Quigley before and Quigley after. I don't know to what to attribute it, he said. I didn't change anything this year. I got a putter in Austin that kind of made the summer swing relatively easy. It all went by before I realized I couldn't miss a putt with the thing.
It could have been the putter or the new driver he got from Adams Golf, he said, but for some reason he was very good in the seasons majors.
I had a tremendous major season, he said. I lost in playoffs for two of them (the Senior PGA and the JELD-WEN Tradition), I finished (tied for) fifth in Detroit (at the Ford Senior Players) and was ninth at the U.S. Senior Open.
I had four Top-10s in the four majors and I think that's probably why I'm sitting here right now as the leading money winner.
Quigley also battled injuries during the season, including a problem hip which ended his great participation streak at the British Senior Open. But he is well-rested now and ready for another long season.