Quigley 36-Hole Leader in San Antonio

By Sports NetworkOctober 22, 2005, 4:00 pm
2005 SBC ChampionshipSAN ANTONIO, Texas -- Dana Quigley posted a 7-under 64 on Saturday to grab a one-stroke lead after 36 holes of the SBC Championship. Quigley stands at 11-under-par 131 through 36 holes.
 
Mark James carded his second straight 5-under 66 to take second place at minus-10.
 
Jay Haas also shot 66 to move into third place at 9-under-par 133, while Bruce Fleisher, first-round leader John Harris and Dan Pohl are one stroke further back at minus-8. Fleisher was buoyed by an ace on the par-3 ninth.
 
Harris is looking for a big week as the top-30 on the money list get to play in the Charles Schwab Cup Championship next week. He is currently 33rd on the money list, while Haas (30) and Pohl (38) are fighting for the top-30 as well. Fleisher is secure at No. 19.
 
Quigley, who leads both the Charles Schwab Cup Points race and the money list, posted just one birdie over his first six holes. He caught fire around the turn at Oak Hills Country Club.
 
The 58-year-old dropped in back-to-back birdie putts from the seventh. Quigley kept going as he drained a 12-footer for birdie on nine. He came right back with another 12-foot birdie putt on the 10th to get to 10 under.
 
Quigley's momentum was halted with a par on the 11th. The 10-time winner on the Champions Tour birdied the 12th and 13th to move to 11 under. He stumbled to a bogey at the par-4 14th. Quigley, who won here in 2002, got that stroke back with a 10-foot birdie putt on the par-4 17th to grab the second-round lead.
 
'I've got a great mindset for this course,' said Quigley, who has 13 top-10 finishes this year. 'I hit driver an awful lot here. It's worked before. I told myself all week I was going to get good breaks. I want to tidy up everything before the Schwab Cup.'
 
Quigley leads Hale Irwin by 261 points in the chase for the Charles Schwab Cup, a season-long points race in which the winner earns a $1 million annuity.
 
'I'm glad to be in the Schwab Cup lead, but its all going to come down to next week,' Quigley said. 'I've held the lead for 19 weeks. I've already pledged the money to charity. I want to do the same thing as (Allen) Doyle.'
 
James played the front nine at two-under with birdies on the third and fifth. He did catch fire around the turn before struggling late.
 
The Englishman birdied the 10th and 12th to move to minus-9. James birdied three straight holes from the 14th to jump to the lead at 12 under. The 2004 Senior Players Championship winner however bogeyed each of his last two holes to end one behind Quigley.
 
Scott Simpson missed the course record by one stroke as he fired an 8-under 63 to move into a tie for seventh. He was joined at 7-under-par 135 by Gil Morgan, Morris Hatalsky and Lonnie Nielsen. Tom Jenkins, Jerry Pate, Andy Bean and Jim Thorpe are one shot further back at minus-6.
 
Mark McNulty, the defending champion, is tied for 15th at 5-under-par 137 after a second-round 72.
 
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    Watch: Full replays of The Open coverage

    By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 19, 2018, 8:55 pm

    NBC Sports and Golf Channel are showcasing nearly 50 hours of live coverage of the 146th Open. Missed anything? Well, you can catch up right here. Click on the links below for replays from Royal Birkdale, broken down into daily segments:

    Thursday, Day 1 (Times ET)

    Noon-4PM (Watch): Tiger Woods was up and down in the afternoon, as winds picked up a little and no one could catch Kevin Kisner. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the early marquee group: Woods, Russell Knox and Hideki Matsuyama.

    1:30-8:25AM (Watch): Defending champion Jordan Spieth got off to a good start, while Kevin Kisner (66) set the early pace. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the early marquee group: Rickie Fowler, Jon Rahm and Chris Wood.

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    Knox relishes round with 'mythical figure' Woods

    By Ryan LavnerJuly 19, 2018, 8:48 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Russell Knox was expecting the worst and hoping for the best Thursday at The Open.

    Playing with Tiger Woods tends to have that effect.

    The native Scot received a treat earlier this week when he saw his name on the tee sheet alongside his boyhood idol, Woods.

    “Felt good out there, but obviously my swing, it was just like I had too much tension,” Knox said after an opening 73. “I just wasn’t letting it go as normal. First round with Tiger, I expected to feel a little bit different. The way I felt was better than the way I swung.”

    Knox said that he was nervous playing alongside Woods, a player he’d only encountered on the range. “He’s almost like a mythical figure,” he said.

    But after a while, he settled into the rhythm of the round at Carnoustie.


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    “I thought it would be worse,” he said, “I feel like I should know what I’m doing. It’s cool playing with Tiger, but I’ve got to get over that. I’m here to win, not just enjoy my walk around the course.”

    Knox probably had more interaction with Woods than he anticipated, if only because the third member of the group, Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama, keeps to himself because of the language barrier.

    “It’s kind of a blur,” Knox said. “It’s like, Oh, I’m chatting away with Tiger here like normal. I don’t even remember what I was saying.”

    There have been countless stories from this year as the next generation of players – guys who grew up watching Woods dominate the sport – get paired with Woods for the first time.

    It was no less special for Knox on Thursday.

    “It’s nice for him to say things like that,” Woods said, “and we enjoyed playing with each other. Hopefully we’ll play a little bit better tomorrow.”

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    Rain expected to shower Carnoustie Friday morning

    By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 19, 2018, 8:43 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – By the end of the day Friday, we’ll be able to determine which side of The Open draw ended the first two rounds at Carnoustie with more favorable conditions. With rain expected for most of Friday morning, it seems those who played early/late may be more pleased.

    According to Weather.com, there is a 75 percent chance of rain beginning at 2 a.m. local time Friday here in Scotland. That percentage vaults up to 95 percent by 7 a.m., with the first tee time scheduled for 6:35. At 11, the number drops to 55 percent. After 2 p.m., the percentage chances of rain are 25 percent and below for the remainder of the day.

    Temperatures during the day are expected to be from the low 50s to the low 60s and winds will vary between 14-18 mph, again per Weather.com.


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    This is The Open’s official weather report for the weekend:

    Saturday: A dull start with some drizzle possible. Staying cloudy for much of the day but gradually becoming brighter with a chance of some sunny intervals during the afternoon and evening. Winds light and variable in direction but should predominantly settle in to a SSE 8-12mph during the afternoon. Max temp 20C (68F).

    Sunday: Often cloudy but mainly dry. A better chance of some decent sunny spells compared to Saturday. Most likely the windiest day of the Championship; SW 12-18mph with gusts 20-25mph. Feeling warm, especially in any sunshine with a max temp of 23C (73F).

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    Bandaged Woods 5 back after even-par 71

    By Ryan LavnerJuly 19, 2018, 8:38 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Tiger Woods arrived Thursday with therapeutic tape on the back of his neck.

    Carnoustie’s back nine inflicted even more pain.

    Playing in the most difficult conditions of the day, Woods’ progress was stalled by two late bogeys as he settled for an even-par 71 that left him five shots off the lead at The Open.

    “I played better than what the score indicates,” he said. “It certainly could have been a little bit better.”

    Woods created a stir when he showed up with black kinesiology tape on his neck. Afterward, he said that his neck has been bugging him “for a while” and that Thursday was merely the first time that the tape was visible.

    “Everyone acts like this is the first time I’ve been bandaged up,” he said, smiling. “I’ve been doing this for years.”

    Woods said that the discomfort didn’t really affect his swing, other than a few shots “here and there.” It didn’t seem to affect his score, either, as he went out in 2 under before a few stumbles on the back nine.

    On the fast, baked-out turf, he played conservatively off the tee, using driver only once and 3-wood just twice. Apparently he didn’t need the added distance, not with his 6-iron traveling 240 yards. He tried to play to his spots, even if it routinely left him more than 200 yards for his approach.


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    That’s the strategy he employed at Hoylake in 2006, where he hit driver just once and captured the third of his Open titles. Despite some of the similarities in firmness, Woods said that Carnoustie presents a different challenge off the tee.

    “These fairways are very small,” he said. “They’re hard to hit right now. They’re so fast, and they’re so moundy.”

    Finding the fairway wasn’t the chief problem for Woods on Day 1, however. He missed just four fairways but found only 11 greens.

    More damaging to his score was his play on the par 5s. Despite having only an 8-iron in, he failed to birdie each of the two par 5s and then bogeyed Nos. 10, 13 and 15 to squander his early momentum.

    Though the draw here won’t be a significant factor – or at least not like in recent years, with a wide range in scores from morning to afternoon – it’s clear that Woods (in game 47 of 52) encountered the most difficult of the conditions Thursday, with the wind gusting to 20 mph and the fairways running even faster after another sun-splashed afternoon.

    Still, his opening 71 was one of the better scores in the late wave.

    “He hit it good,” said playing partner Russell Knox. “He plotted his way around, which I expected him to do, and he was very conservative off the tee. It’s kind of fun to watch him do that, to be honest.”

    Even more fun would be a major with Woods in contention.

    He hasn’t broken par in the opening round of his last eight majors. Indeed, for Woods, these slow starts have been the real pain in the neck.