Quigley Has Learned Golfs Lessons

By Golf Channel DigitalOctober 24, 2005, 4:00 pm
Ahem, the gentlemen of the Champions Tour have a little secret. Theyve learned that getting older doesnt necessarily mean getting weaker.
Hale Irwin is 60 years old now, and he stands No. 2 on this years money list with earnings of $1,929,846. And the money leader is a man who is 58 years old. Dana Quigley has earned $2 million-plus this year - $2,041,758.
They are two of the 30 who will play the Charles Schwab Cup Championship this week at Sonoma, Cal. Irwin, of course, was a standout on the regular tour when he won three U.S. Opens.
Quigley was not.
Quigley played the regular tour from 1977 to 1982. It would be kind to say he was just mediocre during that period. He went to the qualifying school three times, then finally gave up on the regular tour experience and became a club pro in Rhode Island.
And, he doesnt look back on those memories with a great deal of fondness.
I was a pretty solid party kind of guy, said Quigley, with not a trace of braggadocio. Party guy, you figure, could be translated to big boozer.
Times have certainly changed since he gave the Champions a try in 1997.
I haven't had a drink in 15 years, he said. That's been huge for me. That's been the biggest change in my life.
At the golf course, he drank for moral support. Quigley had something of an inferiority complex.
When I was out there in those days I was very intimidated by all the players. All the top, all the big stars, he said. I would get to a point where I wouldn't even practice on the range next to any of them. I really just didn't think I belonged and I made sure I sabotaged myself with alcohol and staying out at night so that I made sure that I didn't belong.
But Quigley, who is one of the all-time good-time guys, eventually figured out that he had a problem. Alcohol was taking its toll on his psyche, and he had to overcome it.
I think that I think it took on my part a lot of growing up to do to figure out that potentially my game would be good enough to play out here with these guys, Quigley said.
But get over he did, and now has won almost $12 million from golf. Quigley realizes that purses have been vastly inflated, but thats more than Jack Nicklaus, more than Arnold Palmer, made in their careers.
I have to pinch myself still every day, he said. I really haven't had time to reflect on it. Every round of golf that I play, I still can't believe that I'm good enough to compete with these guys, if you could possibly believe that.
And how did he do that ' how did he decide to lay off the alcohol and start trusting his clubs? He credits Bob Rotella, who handles the mental aspect of the game for a number of golfers.
Bob Rotella absolutely transformed me from being afraid of all these guys to believing in my own self and trusting my own game, Quigley said. And for some reason he flipped a switch in me that I was able to go out there and hit balls along, play against Hale Irwin and guys like that and not be intimidated. I can't tell you what he said or how we did it, but honest to goodness, from when I went, I went to him in November of '96, I turned 50.
The PGA of America was - I turned 50 on the Monday of the '97 PGA Senior Championship and they gave me an exemption. And that was the start of all this. And to be honest with you, I can't possibly even begin to guess how, why this happened to me or how. I've been certainly blessed by the Lord in more ways than one. I just can't say enough that I just feel like I'm out here to try to somehow bridge the gap between the players and the gallery and the fans and the marshals.
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    U.S. Amateur playoff: 24 players for 1 spot in match play

    By Associated PressAugust 15, 2018, 1:21 pm

    PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. – Cole Hammer and Daniel Hillier were tied at the top after two rounds of the U.S. Amateur, but the more compelling action on Tuesday was further down the leaderboard.

    Two dozen players were tied for 64th place after two rounds of stroke play at Pebble Beach and Spyglass Hill. With the top 64 advancing to match play, that means all 24 will compete in a sudden-death playoff Wednesday morning for the last spot in the knockout rounds.

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    They'll be divided into six foursomes and start the playoff at 7:30 a.m. on the par-3 17th at Pebble Beach, where Tom Watson chipped in during the 1982 U.S. Open and went on to win.

    The survivor of the playoff will face the 19-year-old Hillier in match play. The New Zealander shot a 2-under 70 at Spyglass Hill to share medalist honors with the 18-year-old Hammer at 6 under. Hammer, an incoming freshman at Texas who played in the 2015 U.S. Open at age 15, shot 68 at Spyglass Hill.

    Stewart Hagestad had the low round of the day, a 5-under 66 at Pebble Beach, to move into a tie for 10th after opening with a 76 at Spyglass Hill. The 27-year-old Hagestad won the 2016 U.S. Mid-Amateur and earned low amateur honors at the 2017 Masters.

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    Hammer in position (again) to co-medal at U.S. Am

    By Ryan LavnerAugust 14, 2018, 10:37 pm

    PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. – Cole Hammer is in position to go for a rare sweep in this summer’s biggest events.

    Two weeks ago, Hammer, an incoming freshman at Texas, was the co-medalist at the Western Amateur and went on to take the match-play portion, as well.

    Here at the U.S. Amateur, Hammer shot rounds of 69-68 and was once again in position to earn co-medalist honors. At 6-under 137, he was tied with 19-year-old Daniel Hillier of New Zealand.

    “It would mean a lot, especially after being medalist at the Western Am,” Hammer said afterward. “It’s pretty special.”

    No stroke-play medalist has prevailed in the 64-man match-play bracket since Ryan Moore in 2004. Before that, Tiger Woods (1996) was the most recent medalist champion.  

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    On the strength of his Western Am title, Hammer, 18, has soared to No. 18 in the World Amateur Golf Ranking. He credited his work with swing coach Cameron McCormick and mental coach Bob Rotella.

    “Just really started controlling my iron shots really well,” said Hammer, who has worked with McCormick since 2015, when he qualified for the U.S. Open at Chambers Bay as a 15-year-old.

    “Distance control with my wedges and all my iron shots, playing different shots, has become really a strength in my game. I’ve really turned the putter on this year, and I’m seeing the lines and matching the line with the speed really well. I think that’s been the key to my summer.”

    A two-time New Zealand Amateur champion, Hillier is ranked 27th in the world. He said that, entering the tournament, he would have been pleased just to make it to match play.

    “But to come out on top, it’s amazing,” Hillier said. “Cole is a really good golfer and has been playing well lately. So, yeah, I’m in good company.”

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    Tee times, TV schedule, stats for Wyndham Championship

    By Golf Channel DigitalAugust 14, 2018, 9:55 pm

    It's the last tournament of the PGA Tour's regular season as the top 125 in the FedExCup points list advance to next week's playoff event. Here's the key info for the Wyndham Championship. (Click here for tee times)

    How to watch:

    Thursday, Rd. 1: Golf Channel, 3-6PM ET; live stream: https://www.golfchannel.com/pgastream

    Friday, Rd. 2: Golf Channel, 3-6PM ET; live stream: https://www.golfchannel.com/pgastream

    Saturday, Rd. 3: Golf Channel, 1-2:45PM ET; live stream: https://www.golfchannel.com/pgastream; CBS, 3-6 p.m.

    Sunday, Rd. 4: Golf Channel, 1-2:45PM ET; live stream: https://www.golfchannel.com/pgastream; CBS, 3-6 p.m.

    Purse: $6 million

    Course: Sedgefield Country Club (par 70, 7,127 yards)

    Defending champion: Henrik Stenson. Last year he defeated Ollie Schniederjans by one stroke to earn his sixth career PGA Tour win.

    Notables in the field

    Henrik Stenson at the 2018 Arnold Palmer Invitational.

    Henrik Stenson

    • Missed the cut last week at the PGA Championship

    • Six top-10 finishes this year, including T-5 at the Masters and T-6 at the U.S. Open

    Sergio Garcia

    • Eight missed cuts in last 10 PGA Tour starts

    • Currently 131 in FedExCup standings (33 points back of 125th)

    Webb Simpson

    • Five top-10 finishes in this event since 2010 (won in 2011)

    • 56 under par in last five years in this event (best of any player in that span)

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    Faldo: Woods told fellow Masters champ 'I'm done' in '17

    By Will GrayAugust 14, 2018, 7:42 pm

    Fresh off his runner-up finish at the PGA Championship, it's easy to get caught up in the recent success and ebullient optimism surrounding Tiger Woods. But it was not that long ago that Woods even hitting another competitive shot was very much in doubt.

    Six-time major champ Sir Nick Faldo shed light on those darker times during a recent appearance on the Dan Patrick Show when he relayed a story from the 2017 Masters champions' dinner. The annual meal is one of golf's most exclusive fraternities, as only the chairman of Augusta National Golf Club is allowed to dine with the men who have each donned a green jacket.

    Last spring Woods had not yet undergone spinal fusion surgery, and Faldo explained that Woods at one point turned to an unnamed Masters champ and grimly assessed his future playing chances.

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    "I know he whispered to another Masters champion, two Masters dinners ago, 'I'm done. I won't play golf again,'" Faldo said. "He said, 'I'm done. I'm done, my back is done.' He was in agony. He was in pain. His leg, the pain down his legs, there was nothing enjoyable. He couldn't move. If you watched footage of him, he couldn't even get in and out of the golf cart at the (2016) Ryder Cup when he was a vice captain."

    But Woods opted for fusion surgery a few weeks later, and after a lengthy rehab process he returned to competition in December. His 2018 campaign has been nothing short of remarkable, with a pair of runner-up finishes to go along with a T-6 result at The Open when he held the outright lead on the back nine on Sunday.

    After apparently even counting himself out, Woods is back up to 26th in the latest world rankings and appears in line to be added as a captain's pick for the Ryder Cup next month.

    "What he's been able to do is unbelievable," Faldo said. "To turn this aruond, to get this spine fusion, it's completely taken away the pain. To have this mobility is absolutely amazing. Great on him, and great for golf."