Quigley Leads After Tough Scoring Day at Audi Classic

By Sports NetworkFebruary 22, 2002, 5:00 pm
Dana Quigley, the Senior Tour's 'iron man' playing in his 157th consecutive start, posted a 3-under-par 69 on Friday to grab a 1-shot lead over Walter Hall after the first round of the Audi Senior Classic.
Ed Dougherty, Lon Hinkle, Rodger Davis, last year's runner-up Jim Colbert and 2000 champion Hubert Green share third at 1-under-par.
Quigley birdied the opening hole at Club de Golf Chapultepec when his drive at the 316-yard hole left him only a chip on to the green. He converted the five-footer and added another birdie at four after he holed a 12-footer.
The 54-year-old played steady golf over the middle of his round with nine pars and a three-putt bogey at No. 10. Quigley closed his round with a five-foot birdie at 15 and at 18 he ran home a 20-foot birdie putt that left him the only player in the field to shoot a round in the 60s.

'I was pleased to just keep it under par,' said Quigley, who shared the first-round lead of last week's Verizon Classic before he tied for seventh. 'I'm extremely happy with 3-under-par. I think 6-under for the tournament would be a very good score.
'I knew scores wouldn't be too low on this course,' said Quigley, referring to the first-time host of this event. 'The greens were a little more difficult to putt and the wind was tricky today.'
Quigley has enjoyed quite a bit of success so far in his 2002 campaign. His final-round 73 last week was his only above-par round on tour this season and he has three top-10s out of the gate.
Hall birdied one but gave the stroke back with a missed 15-foot par save at the fourth. It was at the end of his round when Hall moved into second place and it was solid iron play that got him there.
At the 164-yard 17th, Hall used an 8-iron to get eight feet from the hole and set up birdie once again breaking into red figures. He took sole possession of second place when his 9-iron on 18 landed six feet from the hole, where he calmly stroked home the birdie putt.
'Obviously 2-under is a good score for this golf course,' said Hall, who started the season strong with a pair of top-10 finishes. 'You cannot attack this golf course. Don't try to force it.'
Bruce Fleisher and Christy O'Connor are part of a logjam at even-par 72. Hale Irwin, the record-holder for wins on the Senior Tour, opened the tournament with a 1-over-par 73 and was joined by defending champion Mike McCullough.
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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.”