Sixty-one players from this week’s Memorial are signed up for Monday’s 36-hole open qualifier. Thirty-four of them plan to play next week’s St. Jude Classic, including Quigley and Purdy.
Adding to the marathon, Quigley is playing his third consecutive event while Purdy is out for his fourth consecutive week.
“It’s a long stretch, but it’s a great stretch of golf. It’s a lot of golf I like,” said Quigley, who has played less than 30 events in a season just twice in his last five years.
For Purdy it’s less a desire to boost his rounds than it is a chance to secure his future. “I don’t want to go back to Q-School,” he said. “I don’t have my card locked up. I’m playing nicely just not finishing high enough. Fear is an amazing motivator.”
Fear must also come with an energy boost. Purdy’s running total is 18 tournament rounds in four weeks. Who said golfers are not athletes?