Dark-Horse Defending Champ Tied at Colonial
He shot a 66 Saturday to remain tied with Phil Mickelson, this time atop the MasterCard Colonial field, and hes suddenly become the man who just wont go away.
Quigley shot a 4-under-par 66 on the par-70 course to own the lead most of the day. The stingy Mickelson birdied the final hole to deadlock the score at 11-under-par. Both passed a fast-fading Corey Pavin, who lost the swing that had served him so well for two days and shot 73.
I said before the day began that I needed to shoot 4- or 5-under today, and fortunately I did, said Quigley, who enjoyed his pairing with Rocco Mediate. It was pretty relaxing. I think for me, in order for me to play well, I need to do that.
I think Brett looked pretty good, said Mickelson, who, like the rest of the PGA Tour, has become a believer. I saw him make a bunch of putts.
It doesnt matter whether I have the lead or not, said Quigley about going into the final round tied for first. He (Mickelson) is going to play well. Ive just got to stay patient. If you hit in the rough, its so difficult.
Mickelson believes in the positive approach. Shoot for pins and damn the torpedos. If you go out aggressively, you can light it up, he said.
Quigley is a dare-devil type who enjoys a lot a sports, including racing. He missed the Touchstone Energy Tucson Classic earlier with a snowboarding injury. But he outdid himself when took a turn at a driving school at Texas Motor Speedway prior to the Colonial.
You are going 160 miles per hour in the Winston Cup cars, and we were literally 2-feet apart. When we were in the backstraight, we could have held hands. It makes a three-footer seem pretty easy when youre looking at that wall going 160 miles per hour.
Quigley served notice that this was possible when he finished second in Greensboro three weeks ago. He missed the cut at New Orleans and everyone assumed he would go away. But the five-year veteran, who has never finished in the top 125 on the money list, looks suspiciously like someone the Tour is going to have to deal with.
He doesnt even have a regular-tour card. Quigley started the season with privileges on the Buy.Com Tour and won an event on that circuit towards the end of April. The next week he shocked everyone by nearly winning the Greater Greensboro Chrysler Classic on the regular tour. He has decided to try for his card by winning top-125 money from last year, $391,075, and already is $308,000 by virtue of what happened in Greensboro.
And if he finishes in the top five here, he will make it. He apparently has turned his back on trying to make the big tour by finishing in the top 15 on the Buy.Com, at least for now.
The next three weeks will be big for me, said Quigley. I was the last man in for Kemper (next week), and if I play well here, Im going to get into Memorial. If I play well the next three weeks, then I am going to stay out here. The bottom line is, I need to get my job for next year. However I have to do it, Im going to do it.
Quigleys key hole was the ninth, which he parred after having to take a drop on his second shot from a ladys purse. He dropped the ball into deep rough without a penalty, then chipped onto the green 60 feet away. He proceeded to roll the ball into the cup, to the surprise of everyone, including himself.
It was a round-maker, he said of the all-world par. The people stood up and cheered, it was a great feeling.
The difference in the two tours, Buy.Com and the regular tour, is largely mental. Youre playing against the big boys on the regular tour, and youve got to take their money when you have the chance.
You have to get used to playing with Fred Couples, Davis Love, Greg Norman, Nick Price, Quigley said. Theres not much difference in the actual scores. But out here, youre playing with guys you grew up watching on TV. Youve got to compete against them to make a living.
Quigley is showing some signs of being able to compete against them, especially if he finishes this one strongly.
Ive been in this situation before, he said. I need to not put too much pressure on myself to play well. I dont need to worry about results. I just have to go out and play golf.
Shigeki Maruyama shot a 65 and stands third with a score of 8-under. Tied for fourth is Tom Lehman, Mediate and David Toms.
Full-field scores from the MasterCard Colonial
Weather extends Barbasol to Monday finish
NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. - A thunderstorm has suspended the fourth round of the PGA Tour's Barbasol Championship until Monday morning.
Sunday's third stoppage of play at Champions Trace at Keene Trace Golf Club came with the four leaders - Hunter Mahan, Robert Streb, Tom Lovelady and Troy Merritt at 18 under par - and four other contenders waiting to begin the round.
The tournament will resume at 7:30 a.m. on Monday. Lightning caused one delay, and play was stopped earlier in the afternoon to clear water that accumulated on the course following a morning of steady and sometimes-heavy rain.
Inclement weather has plagued the tournament throughout the weekend. The second round was completed Saturday morning after being suspended by thunderstorms late Friday afternoon.
The resumption will mark the PGA Tour's second Monday finish this season. Jason Day won the Farmers Insurance Open in January after darkness delayed the sixth playoff hole, and he needed just 13 minutes to claim the victory.
Watch: Spectator films as Woods' shot hits him
It was a collision watched by millions of fans on television, and one that came at a pivotal juncture as Tiger Woods sought to win The Open. It also gave Colin Hauck the story of a lifetime.
Hauck was among dozens of fans situated along the left side of the 11th hole during the final round at Carnoustie as the pairing of Woods and Francesco Molinari hit their approach shots. After 10 holes of nearly flawless golf, Woods missed the fairway off the tee and then pulled his iron well left of the target.
The ball made square contact with Hauck, who hours later tweeted a video showing the entire sequence - even as he continued to record after Woods' shot sent him tumbling to the ground:
The bounce initially appeared fortuitous for Woods, as his ball bounded away from thicker rough and back toward the green. But an ambitious flop shot came up short, and he eventually made a double bogey to go from leading by a shot to trailing by one. He ultimately shot an even-par 71, tying for sixth two shots behind Molinari.
For his efforts as a human shield, Hauck received a signed glove and a handshake from Woods - not to mention a firsthand video account that will be sure to spark plenty of conversations in the coming years.
Molinari retirement plan: coffee, books and Twitter
After breaking through for his first career major, Francesco Molinari now has a five-year exemption on the PGA Tour, a 10-year exemption in Europe and has solidified his standing as one of the best players in the world.
But not too long ago, the 35-year-old Italian was apparently thinking about life after golf.
Shortly after Molinari rolled in a final birdie putt to close out a two-shot victory at The Open, fellow Tour player Wesley Bryan tweeted a picture of a note that he wrote after the two played together during the third round of the WGC-HSBC Champions in China in October. In it, Bryan shared Molinari's plans to retire as early as 2020 to hang out at cafes and "become a Twitter troll":
Molinari is active on the social media platform, with more than 5,600 tweets sent out to nearly 150,000 followers since joining in 2010. But after lifting the claret jug at Carnoustie, it appears one of the few downsides of Molinari's victory is that the golf world won't get to see the veteran turn into a caffeinated, well-read troll anytime soon.
Molinari had previously avoided Carnoustie on purpose
CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Sometimes a course just fits a player’s eye. They can’t really describe why, but more often than not it leads to solid finishes.
Francesco Molinari’s relationship with Carnoustie isn’t like that.
The Italian played his first major at Carnoustie, widely considered the toughest of all The Open venues, in 2007, and his first impression hasn’t really changed.
“There was nothing comforting about it,” he said on Sunday following a final-round 69 that lifted him to a two-stroke victory.
In fact, following that first exposure to the Angus coast brute, Molinari has tried to avoid Carnoustie, largely skipping the Dunhill Links Championship, one of the European Tour’s marquee events, throughout his career.
“To be completely honest, it's one of the reasons why I didn't play the Dunhill Links in the last few years, because I got beaten up around here a few times in the past,” he said. “I didn't particularly enjoy that feeling. It's a really tough course. You can try and play smart golf, but some shots, you just have to hit it straight. There's no way around it. You can't really hide.”
Molinari’s relative dislike for the layout makes his performance this week even more impressive considering he played his last 37 holes bogey-free.
“To play the weekend bogey-free, it's unthinkable, to be honest. So very proud of today,” he said.