Quigley En-Joies Friday 62

By Mercer BaggsJuly 20, 2001, 4:00 pm
Ty Tryon went to sleep with a share of the 18-hole lead in the B.C. Open, only to start his second round trailing by eight strokes.
Thats because Brett Quigley teed off early Friday at the En-Joie Golf Club and fired a 10-under-par 62. Quigley now stands at 15-under 129; three shots clear of his nearest competitors entering weekend play in Endicott, N.Y.
It was a big round for me because I finished with two bogeys yesterday, which upset me, said Quigley.
Mark Hensby (66) and Jonathan Kaye (65) are tied for second place at 12-under. Tryon is now in a tie for 19th place. He remains at 7-under following an even-par 72.
'I showed some stupidness out there,' said Tryon. 'I'm not mad or angry. I'm a little disappointed. It's just the way it goes. I go out there and birdie the first hole tomorrow and I'm right there.'
This is the second time the 17-year-old amateur has made the cut in a PGA Tour event; he did the same in this year's Honda Classic.
Fellow overnight co-leader Edward Fryatt (68) is in fourth place with Jim McGovern (66) at 11-under.
Eleven players have claimed their maiden PGA Tour title at the B.C. Open. Six of the top seven players through 36 holes this week have yet to win on tour. McGovern won the 1993 Shell Houston Open.
Starting at the 1st, Quigley made the turn in a rather routine 3-under-par 34. He then proceeded to record his second bogey of the day at the par-4 10th.
At 7-under-par for the tournament, Quigley would play his next eight holes in 8-under.
Quigley hit a 9-iron to six feet on the par-4 11th and made birdie. He sunk a 60-foot eagle putt on the par-5 12th. He stuck a 5-iron to three feet on the 212-yard par-3 14th; and followed that with a 10-foot birdie putt on the par-4 15th.
Quigley drove the 321-yard par-4 16th and sank the 35-foot putt for his second eagle in five holes. He concluded his scoring by draining another 35-foot putt, this time for birdie, on the par-3 17th.
Never thought Id shoot 62 with two bogeys, said Quigley. I was good about not thinking about the score today.
Quigley is tying to keep alive the Rhode Island wining streak. Quigley lives about two miles from Brad Faxon, who is the two-time defending champion of this event. Faxon is not going for a three-peat; rather, hes playing in The Open Championship.
Quigley has had a successful 2001 campaign. In addition to winning the Buy.Com Arkansas Classic, he finished tied for second at the Greater Greensboro Chrysler Classic and tied for fifth at the MasterCard Colonial to secure his 2002 PGA Tour card.
Im more relaxed on the course, said Quigley, who is currently 64th on the PGA Tour money list. Im trying to have more fun, not putting as much pressure on myself.
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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.”