Quiroz Hunts Down Leaders For First Tour Win

By Marty HenwoodJuly 21, 2002, 4:00 pm
Canadian Tour-LargeWINNIPEG, MB -- Alex Quiroz of Mexico came from behind Sunday to win the Canadian Tours MTS Classic.
 
The 28-year-old fired a final round 5-under 66 for a 72-hole total of 12-under 272 and a one-shot triumph over Americans Aaron Barber and Andy Johnson. Bobby Kalinowski and Steve Scott wound up two shots back, while Bryn Parry finished at 9-under 275 with David Mathis.
 
It was Quirozs first win on the Canadian Tour, and the second time a Mexican has won a Canadian event this season. Pablo del Olmo captured the Michelin Ixtapa Classic back in April.
 
Beginning the day five shots behind leader Ben Pettitt, Quiroz began to chip away at the deficit, and pulled even with Aaron Barber with a 30-foot eagle putt on the 12th followed by a birdie on the next hole. Barber bogeyed the 16th to fall one back, and almost forced a playoff when his chip from off the green on 18 rolled just by the pin.
 
'I knew I started behind today, I just wanted to stay patient and stick to my plan,' said Quiroz, who teamed with Octavio Gonzalez to represent Mexico at the 2001 EMC World Cup. 'Once I got in the clubhouse, it was out of my hands. I did what I had to do on the course.'
 
Playing three groups in front of Barber and Ben Pettitt, Quiroz originally waited in the clubhouse but moved outside behind the 18th green as Barber came up the fairway.
 
'At first I was so nervous, but then I just had to get out there. Of course you never want anyone to play bad, and Aaron has been on a real roll lately. But sometimes you wonder if you are ever going to win out here, and I just had to see it for myself.'
 
Quiroz had originally planned to skip the Winnipeg stop, believing he would benefit more from a week-long rest back in Mexico. Late last week, he decided to make the trip to Manitoba for the Tours 14th official event of the year.
 
'I was really exhausted and I though I needed a rest,' he admitted. 'But then I changed my mind at the last minute.'
 
With a laugh, he added 'It looks like I made the right decision.'
 
Barber was teamed with Pettitt, the 54-hole leader, and shot a 1-under 70 for his fifth consecutive top-10 finish. The defending Order of Merit champion was looking for his third Canadian Tour triumph in the last two years.
 
'I thought I did all right, especially since I didnt have the lead going into the final round,' he said. 'I had a tough time out there today, it was just a grinding kind of day. You have to play better on Sunday. But I give all the credit in the world to Alex shooting 5-under today, with that wind, was like shooting 8-under Saturday.'
 
Parry, who finished second in the 1994 B.C. Amateur Championship, was more than pleased with his top-Canadian showing.
 
'Im feeling very comfortable with everything about my game right now,' said Parry. 'Last week, when Matt (fellow B.C. native Daniel) won in Edmonton, I asked myself on the way home, am I ready to win out here? Now I know the answer is yes.'
 
The Canadian Tour will now take a two-week break before closing out the season with the TELUS Quebec Open and the Greater Toronto Open.
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Johnson begins Open week as 12/1 betting favorite

By Will GrayJuly 16, 2018, 5:15 pm

Dustin Johnson heads into The Open as the top-ranked player in the world, and he's also an understandable betting favorite as he looks to win a second career major.

Johnson has not played since the U.S. Open, where he led by four shots at the halfway point and eventually finished third. He has three top-10 finishes in nine Open appearances, notably a T-2 finish at Royal St. George's in 2011.

Johnson opened as a 12/1 favorite when the Westgate Las Vegas Superbook first published odds for Carnoustie after the U.S. Open, and he remains at that number with the first round just three days away.

Here's a look at the latest odds on some of the other top contenders, according to the Westgate:

12/1: Dustin Johnson

16/1: Rory McIlroy, Rickie Fowler, Justin Rose

20/1: Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas, Tommy Fleetwood, Brooks Koepka, Jon Rahm

25/1: Jason Day, Henrik Stenson, Tiger Woods

30/1: Sergio Garcia, Francesco Molinari, Paul Casey, Alex Noren, Patrick Reed

40/1: Hideki Matsuyama, Marc Leishman, Branden Grace, Tyrrell Hatton

50/1: Phil Mickelson, Ian Poulter, Matthew Fitzpatrick

60/1: Russell Knox, Louis Oosthuizen, Matt Kuchar, Bryson DeChambeau, Zach Johnson, Tony Finau, Bubba Watson

80/1: Lee Westwood, Adam Scott, Patrick Cantlay, Rafael Cabrera-Bello, Thomas Pieters, Xander Schauffele

100/1: Shane Lowry, Webb Simpson, Brandt Snedeker, Ryan Fox, Thorbjorn Olesen

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Woods needs top-10 at Open to qualify for WGC

By Will GrayJuly 16, 2018, 4:34 pm

If Tiger Woods is going to qualify for the final WGC-Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club, he'll need to do something he hasn't done in five years this week at The Open.

Woods has won eight times at Firestone, including his most recent PGA Tour victory in 2013, and has openly stated that he would like to qualify for the no-cut event in Akron before it shifts to Memphis next year. But in order to do so, Woods will need to move into the top 50 in the Official World Golf Ranking after this week's event at Carnoustie.

Woods is currently ranked No. 71 in the world, down two spots from last week, and based on projections it means that he'll need to finish no worse than a tie for eighth to have a chance of cracking the top 50. Woods' last top-10 finish at a major came at the 2013 Open at Muirfield, where he tied for sixth.


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There are actually two OWGR cutoffs for the Bridgestone, July 23 and July 30. That means that Woods could theoretically still add a start at next week's RBC Canadian Open to chase a spot in the top 50, but he has said on multiple occasions that this week will be his last start of the month. The WGC-Bridgestone Invitational will be played Aug. 2-5.

There wasn't much movement in the world rankings last week, with the top 10 staying the same heading into the season's third major. Dustin Johnson remains world No. 1, followed by Justin Thomas, Justin Rose, Brooks Koepka and Jon Rahm. Defending Open champ Jordan Spieth is ranked sixth, with Rickie Fowler, Rory McIlroy, Jason Day and Tommy Fleetwood rounding out the top 10.

Despite taking the week off, Sweden's Alex Noren moved up three spots from No. 14 to No. 11, passing Patrick Reed, Bubba Watson and Paul Casey.

John Deere Classic champ Michael Kim went from No. 473 to No. 215 in the latest rankings, while South African Brandon Stone jumped from 371st to 110th with his win at the Scottish Open.

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Spieth takes familiar break ahead of Open defense

By Rex HoggardJuly 16, 2018, 3:50 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – As his title chances seemed to be slipping away during the final round of last year’s Open Championship, Jordan Spieth’s caddie took a moment to remind him who he was.

Following a bogey at No. 13, Michael Greller referenced a recent vacation he’d taken to Mexico where he’d spent time with Michael Phelps and Michael Jordan and why he deserved to be among that group of singular athletes.

Spieth, who won last year’s Open, decided to continue the tradition, spending time in Cabo again before this week’s championship.


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“I kind of went through the same schedule,” Spieth said on Monday at Carnoustie. “It was nice to have a little vacation.”

Spieth hasn’t played since the Travelers Championship; instead he attended the Special Olympics USA Games earlier this month in Seattle with his sister. It was Spieth’s first time back to the Pacific Northwest since he won the 2015 U.S. Open.

“I went out to Chambers Bay with [Greller],” Spieth said. “We kind of walked down the 18th hole. It was cool reliving those memories.”

But most of all Spieth said he needed a break after a particularly tough season.

“I had the itch to get back to it after a couple weeks of not really working,” he said. “It was nice to kind of have that itch to get back.”