Quigley Threatening to Run Away in Arkansas


Brett Quigley could have been playing in this weeks Shell Houston Open on the PGA Tour, but chances are he is feeling just fine where he is in Hot Springs Village, Ark.
Quigley followed up a record setting 65 at the 7,519-yard Diamante Country Club with a fine score of 69 on Friday to sit at 10-under-par 134 through 36 holes of the Buy.Com Arkansas Classic.
He leads by a full five shots over Jamie Rogers (68), and by six over Pat Perez (68), David Gossett (69), Sonny Skinner (71) and John Elliott (71). Three others sit at 3-under, seven strokes back.
Quigley was a second alternate in this weeks Houston Open, but the nephew of famous Senior Tour star Dana Quigley decided it would be in his best interests to compete in Arkansas.
As it turned out, last minute withdraws at Houston would have allowed for Quigley to play had he been in attendance.
At the same time, however, as it has turned out, his decision may have been a wise one after all.
'I came prepared to play here this week,' said Quigley. 'You never know how many guys will withdraw each week. Had I been the first alternate, I would have flown to Houston and sat around the first tee. The bottom line is that you have to play well wherever you go.'
The bottom line following Fridays second round is that Quigleys five-shot lead is the largest on the Buy.Com Tour since Edward Fryatt led by that amount at the 1999 Ozarks Open.
The bottom line is that Quigley is also making mince meat of a course that otherwise is making a mockery of the rest of the field.
So tough is Diamante playing, in fact, that it was deemed necessary to shorten it by some 180 yards on Friday to compensate for the incredibly high scoring from the opening round.
Joked Quigley: 'Early this week, I thought anything under par would be good after 72 holes. My game is birdies and bogeys. I don't make 18 pars. That would be a rarity for me.'
Maybe so, but his ratio thus far has certainly been on the positive side. Fridays round consisted of five birdies to just two bogeys. On Thursday, he made eight birdies and only one bogey.
All in all, its been a rather simple operation for Quigley, however.
Ive just been focused this week, he rationalized.
Full-field scores from the Buy.Com Arkansas Classic