Quinney Earns Win No 2 at Bay Mills Open


Canadian Tour-LargeBRIMLEY, Mich. -- Jeff Quinney of Scottsdale, Ariz., came from behind Sunday to win the Canadian Tours Bay Mills Open.
The 2000 U.S. Amateur Champion fired a final-round 2-under 70 for a four-day total of 7'under 282 and a one-shot triumph over Mario Tiziani and Dave Christensen. Jonn Drewery and Rob McMillan were the top Canadians, tied for sixth with three others at 2-under 286.
The second-place showing was the best of the season for Christensen. His previous best in 2002 was a tied for 19th at the Michelin Ixtapa Classic. Christensen, 25, had three runner-up results in his 2001 rookie campaign.
It was Quinneys second victory of the year and moved the 23-year-old into top spot on the Canadian Tour Order of Merit. Trailing Tiziani by one shot with three holes to play, Quinney, playing one group in front of the final pairing of Tiziani and Conrad Ray, caught a break when the leader double-bogeyed the par-4 16th hole.
Quinney then drained back-to-back par putts coming home to nail down the win. After holing out for eagle from 135 yards on the par-4 fifth, Quinney put the pressure on Tiziani but avoided glancing at the leaderboard for most of the day.
I told my caddie not to tell me anything that was happening unless I asked, said Quinney. I thought I caught it out of the corner of my eye on 17 that I was at least tied. But I was trying not to read the leaderboard, I just wanted to play my game.
Quinney becomes the first two-time winner on the Canadian Tour this season. He also captured the Scottsdale Swing at McCormick Ranch back in March. With the top two off the tour money list at seasons end gaining an exemption into the second stage of PGA Tour Qualifying, Quinney felt the timing couldnt have been better for him to get back in the winners circle.
He had struggled in recent weeks, narrowly missing the cut in each of the last three Tour events. But with Hank Kuehne and Steve Scott, the top two on the Order of Merit heading into Michigan, taking the week off, Quinney was able to capitalize on the opportunity to take over the top spot.
It would have been nice to have Hank and Steve here, those are the guys you want to beat, theyve been so consistent all year. But this is encouraging. I came in here with the mindset of getting back to the way I had been playing earlier this year, and I was able to do that. Now I want to carry that over into the Canadian events.
Tiziani, 31, who won the Panasonic Panama Open, an unofficial tour event, earlier in the season, will have to wait until at least the Ontario Open Heritage Classic in two weeks for that elusive first official title.
I think I will look back on this as the one I let get away, admitted Tiziani. I had a couple of chances to put it away but came up just short. That double on 16 took a little wind out of my sails, but even then I still thought I had a chance. But give credit to Jeff, he played great and got the job done.
Final results from the Bay Mills Open