Quigley on Top at Greater Hickory Classic

By Sports NetworkOctober 8, 2005, 4:00 pm
2005 Greater Hickory Classic at Rock BarnCONOVER, N.C. -- Dana Quigley fired an 8-under 64 in the second round on Saturday to take the lead heading into the final day at the Greater Hickory Classic.
Quigley stands at 12-under-par 132 for a one-stroke advantage over Loren Roberts, who shot a 65 in his second round to reach minus-11.
Jim Ahern (66), Jay Haas (67) and Tom McKnight (68) share third place at 9 under, while Brad Bryant (67) and Lonnie Nielsen (70) are one stroke further back in a tie for sixth.
The first round was completed Saturday morning following a weather suspension Friday night, and Quigley entered the second round tied for sixth place at 4 under.
He began his bogey-free round with two straight pars, but went on to birdie eight of the next 12 holes to climb the leaderboard at Rock Barn Golf Club.
Quigley made putts when he had to, despite soft conditions caused by heavy rains Friday. His eight birdies included a 70-foot putt at the par-3 third, a 15-footer at the seventh after escaping a bunker and a 17-footer at the 11th.
The 58-year-old has now gone 30 holes without a bogey since dropping a shot at the par-4 sixth on Friday. Part of the reason has been his good iron play -- he hit 17 greens in regulation -- but it was his work with the flat stick that produced the red numbers.
The 10-time Champions Tour winner -- who owns two titles this year already -- was happy with the course conditions after Friday's bad weather, although it forced the players to put a little extra on their putts.
'I think the biggest concern for all of us on these greens is getting the ball to the hole,' acknowledged Quigley, who leads the tour in Charles Schwab Cup points. 'You really got to hit it.'
Quigley has definitely made his case for Player of the Year honors, but those end-of-year type things aren't really on his mind heading into the final round.
'I just need to get that stuff out of my mind,' he said, before adding how much it would mean to win both Player of the Year and the Schwab Cup title.
Roberts was a casualty of the slow greens at 18, where he could have used a few more rolls on a birdie putt that would have given him a share of the lead.
The 5-foot try came up short and right, and Roberts ended his bogey-free round with four consecutive pars to assure himself a spot in the final group Sunday.
'I left some out there,' said Roberts, a Champions Tour rookie who picked up his maiden victory on the circuit at the JELD-WEN Tradition in August. 'We'll see what happens on Sunday.'
First-round leader Wayne Levi managed just an even-par 72 in his second round and fell into a tie for eighth place at 7 under. He was joined there by John Bland (68), Craig Stadler (67) and Tom Wargo (66).
Defending champion Doug Tewell is too far behind to be a repeat threat. He shot a 72 in his second round and is tied for 31st place at minus-2.
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    Van Rooyen holes putt after ball-marker ruling

    By Ryan LavnerJuly 20, 2018, 4:50 pm

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    The question, then, was whether that accident caused his coin to move.

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    This was part of the recent rules changes, ensuring there is no penalty if the ball or ball maker is accidently moved by the player. The little-used rule drew attention in 2010, when Ian Poulter accidentally dropped his ball on his marker in Dubai and wound up losing more than $400,000 in bonus and prize money.

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    “I wanted to get going and get this 10-footer to save par, but I think having maybe just a couple minutes to calm me down, and then I actually got a different read when I sat down and looked at it again,” he said. “Good putt. Happy to finish that way.”

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    Lyle, who also won the 1988 Masters, has missed the cut in his last eight majors, dating to 2014. He hasn’t been competitive in The Open since 1998, when he tied for 19th.

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    Thomas added to what’s been a surprisingly poor Open record. Just like last year, when he struggled in the second round in the rain at Royal Birkdale, Thomas slumped to a 77 on Friday at Carnoustie, a round that included three consecutive double bogeys on Nos. 6-8. He finished at 4-over 146.

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    TT Postscript: Woods (71) makes cut, has work to do

    By Tiger TrackerJuly 20, 2018, 3:32 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Here are a few things I think I think after Tiger Woods shot a second consecutive even-par 71 Friday in the second round. And yes, he made the cut:

    • Tiger said all 71s are not created equal. On Thursday, he made three birdies and three bogeys. On Friday, he made four birdie and four bogeys. Which round was better? The first. His theory is that, despite the rain, conditions were easier in the second round and there were more scoring opportunities. He didn't take advantage.

    • This is the first time since the 2013 Open at Royal Lytham & St. Annes that Tiger shot par or better in each of the first two rounds of a major. That’s quite a long time ago.

    • Stat line for the day: 11 of 15 fairways, 13 of 18 greens, 32 total putts. Tiger hit one driver and two 3-woods on Thursday and four drivers on Friday, only one which found the fairway. An errant drive at the second led to him sniping his next shot into the gallery


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    • In his own words: “I could have cleaned up the round just a little bit. I got off to not exactly the best start, being 2 over through three, but got it back. The golf course was a little bit softer today, obviously. It rains, and we were able to get the ball down a little bit further, control the ball on the ground a little bit easier today, which was nice.”

    • At some point Tiger is going to have to be more aggressive. He will be quite a few shots off the lead by day’s end and he'll have a lot of ground to make up. Hitting irons off the tee is great for position golf, but it’s often leaving him more than 200 yards into the green. Not exactly a range for easy birdies.

    • Sure, it’s too soon to say Tiger can’t win a fourth claret jug, but with so many big names ahead of him on the leaderboard, it’s unlikely. Keep in mind that a top-six finish would guarantee him a spot in the WGC: Bridgestone Invitational in two weeks. At The Players, he stated that this was a big goal.

    • My Twitter account got suspended momentarily when Tiger was standing over a birdie putt on the 17th green. That was the most panicked I’ve been since Tiger was in contention at the Valspar.