Quinney Fires Course Record To Grab Lead In Scottsdale
The 2000 U.S. Amateur champion, who was born in Oregon but now calls Scottsdale home, carded a McCormick Ranch course record 9'under 63 and holds a one shot lead over James Driscoll (Brookline, Mass.). It was Driscoll who lost that U.S. Amateur final two years ago to Quinney.
Patrick Moore is three shots back of Quinney, while Hank Kuehne, who won the Texas Challenge two weeks ago, and Doug LaBelle are four off the pace. Jim Rutledge of Victoria, B.C. is the top Canadian at 4-under.
Being at the top of the leaderboard at a recent Tour event is familiar territory for Quinney. At the Tours season-opening Texas Classic in Houston earlier this month, the 23-year-old led after each of the opening three rounds before eventually finishing second to Floridian Steve Scott.
Its funny to see all the amateur guys doing well - Hank is always up there, Steve (runner-up in 1996) and now James, said Quinney. But its still early in the week, and there are too many good players on this Tour. Just look at some of the numbers being put up so far this year.
As has been his trademark through the first two events of the year, Quinney was consistent again Thursday. After a 4-under 32 on his front nine, he went on a birdie-birdie-eagle run just after making the turn on his way to a bogey-free round. He was helped along the way with a chip-in for eagle and another for birdie.
There is a lot of birdies out there, and youre going to have to take it low to win, he added. This course is in great shape, and give credit to the people who got it this way. You have to pick your spots.
Driscoll missed the cut in the season-opening Texas Classic, but bounced back with an eighth-place showing at the Texas Challenge. He had two bogeys Thursday, but made up for it by adding an eagle and eight birdies.
I havent had a round like that in a while, so it feels pretty good right now, admitted Driscoll, a teammate of Quinneys on the 2001 U.S. Walker Cup squad. But my swing didnt feel right at all. I guess it was the wrong direction with the swing, but the right direction with the score.
After struggling with his putting in the early stages of this year, Moore abandoned his old putter and went to a different model two days ago, choosing the cross-grip over his traditional grip. The move seemed to have paid off Thursday. The 31-year-old, who also holds conditional status on the Buy.Com Tour, drained back-to-back 30-footers on the third and fourth holes and added another from 20 feet on the fifth to set the tone for his day.
I didnt shoot for a lot of pins today, I played rather conservatively, he said. But I got off to a good start and made a couple of bombs early. That putter will stay in the bag for a while.
Scoring conditions were perfect for most of Thursday, although winds picked up in the afternoon. The day also featured a hole-in-one when Chris Wollmann aced the 203-yard, par-3 fourth.
Rutledge, himself an exempt member for the upcoming Buy.Com season, is playing in this event before the Louisiana Open in two weeks.
I struggled a little bit on the front, but got it together on the back, Rutledge said of his 35-33 split. Ive been working on a lot of things, and my putting is coming around. Today, the conditions were pretty much ideal, but the weather is going to dictate things. If it gets windy, this will be a totally different course.
Full-field scores from the Scottsdale Swing at McCormick Ranch
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.