Quinney Masters Field for Six-Shot Triumph


Canadian Tour-LargeJeff Quinney of Scottsdale, Ariz., slipped into cruise control and coasted to his first professional win Sunday at the Canadian Tours Scottsdale Swing in his hometown.
Holding a comfortable seven-stroke lead as play began, the 23-year-old fired a final-round 4-under 68 for a 72-hole total of 23-under 265, six shots ahead of James Driscoll. Driscoll also wound up second to Quinney in the 2000 U.S. Amateur Championship. Iain Steel of Malaysia was third, eight shots back, while Jim Rutledge ended up tied for seventh at 11-under.
Any doubts that Quinney would be rattled with the big cushion were erased early when he birdied two of his first three holes. The total score was just four shots shy of the Canadian Tour record on a 72-hole layout. Tim Clark of South Africa finished 27-under at the 1998 Royal Oaks New Brunswick Open.
Quinney has had some memorable moments in his young career, most notably when he held off Driscoll in a 39-hole marathon final in the 2000 U.S. Amateur final. On Sunday, just after he put the finishing touches on a masterful week of golf, the former Arizona State University star described the feeling of winning for the first time as a pro.
I think this is going to take a while to sink in, said Quinney, who collected $16,000. Hopefully, this will be one of many, but you will always remember your first win.
It was the third time in as many Tour events this year that a former U.S. Amateur star came out on top. Floridian Steve Scott, runner-up to Tiger Woods at the 1996 final, captured the Texas Classic in Houston three weeks ago before 1998 champion Hank Kuehne won the Texas Challenge in Austin a week later. Quinney finished T2 and T5, respectively, at those tournaments. Kuehne wound up T5 Sunday after firing a final round 66.
I dont think were that dominant, each one of us just seems to be playing good golf now, added Quinney. Weve all proven ourselves at the highest level of competition as amateurs, so maybe that has something to do with it. But to go three-for-three is surprising.
Quinney, a three-time All-American at Arizona State, dominated the 7,044-yard layout all week. He established a McCormick Ranch course record with an opening-round 9-under 63, and had just two bogeys through 72 holes. Quinney also hit 63 of 72 greens in regulation and played the four par-5 holes at 13-under. Driscoll, who was 6-under after seven holes Sunday, felt Quinneys lead was just too much to overcome.
Jeff will probably be the first to tell you he didnt leave a whole lot of shots on the course, he said. That was just one of those dream weeks, and he played great. But Im pleased, there were a lot of good things this week.
Rutledge will now return home to Victoria, Canada, to prepare for the North American leg of the Buy.Com Tour season, which gets under way late next week in Louisiana.
I didnt give myself enough chances, but all in all it was a decent week for me, said Rutledge, a six-time Canadian Tour winner. But you have to hand it to Quinney - if you take him out of the equation, you have a great finish to the tournament. But he was head and shoulders above everyone this week. It was like he played a different course.
Full-field scores from the Scottsdale Swing at McCormick Ranch