Quinn Repeats in Lake Tahoe

By Sports NetworkJuly 21, 2002, 4:00 pm
STATELINE, Nev. -- Former NHL center Dan Quinn posted his third consecutive round of 1-under-par 71 Sunday to win the American Century Celebrity Golf Championship for the second year in a row. He became the first player in the 13-year history of the tournament to successfully defend his title.
Quinn's 54-hole total of 3-under 213 left him two strokes clear of ex- major league pitcher Rick Rhoden, the Celebrity Tour's all-time win leader who himself captured this event five times.
Rhoden shared the top spot with Quinn after Saturday's round, but bogeyed two of the first four holes Sunday at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course to fall off the pace.
Meanwhile, Quinn left a five-foot birdie putt short at the opening hole but rebounded by running off four straight birdies beginning at No. 2.
'I just felt great starting out today,' said Quinn. 'I played really well the first five holes, as good as I've ever played.'
Quinn's hot streak lifted him to 6-under for the tournament. However, he pulled his approach badly at the sixth and made bogey, then dropped another shot at the ninth when he three-putted.
Another bogey at the 13th was wiped away by a birdie at the 15th, where Quinn stuffed his approach inside five feet. He hit a wayward tee shot on his way to a bogey at the par-3 17th, but a routine two-putt par at the par-5 18th was more than enough to clinch the victory.
The win was the second of the season for Quinn, who held off Rhoden to earn the Las Vegas Celebrity Classic title back in March. Quinn, who finished three shots in front of runner-up Rhoden last year in Lake Tahoe, was also the American Century champ in 1992.
Quinn collected the $100,000 first prize, $10,000 of which he will donate to a scholarship fund for families of New York City firefighters. Three members from the FDNY played this week in the tournament, and Quinn said he was looking forward to spending some time with them.
'I tip my hat to them,' he said. 'It's great to have them a part of this event and I'm going to go have a couple of beers with them now.'
Rhoden, the winner here every other year from 1991 to '99, closed with a 1-over 73 to finish second at 1-under-par 215.
'[Quinn] was playing awfully good, and I just didn't make anything happen all day,' said Rhoden, who will attempt to qualify for next year's Senior PGA Tour. 'I hit the ball a lot better today than I did yesterday. I couldn't make anything go in.
'I think I three-putted four times, had four bogeys and I was only in trouble one time and that was on the second hole; I had a real hard two-putt. But after that, I gave away three shots today.'
Former NFL quarterback Billy Joe Tolliver turned in the day's best round of two-under 70 to finish in third place at even-par 216. Steve Bartkowski, another ex-QB, shot 71 to finish at two-over 218 with actor Jack Wagner, who carded a 74.
Former tennis star Ivan Lendl (75) was alone in sixth place at three-over par, followed by ex-Miami Dolphins safety Dick Anderson (76) at four-over and former NHL goalie Grant Fuhr (72) at plus-five.
Former NFL placekicker Al Del Greco, the 2000 American Century champion, closed with a 71 to finish ninth at six-over par.
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Suwannapura beats Lincicome in playoff for first win

By Associated PressJuly 15, 2018, 10:49 pm

SYLVANIA, Ohio - Thidapa Suwannapura won her first LPGA event on Sunday, closing with a 6-under 65 and birdieing the first playoff hole to defeat Brittany Lincicome at the Marathon Classic.

The 25-year-old Thai player is the sixth first-time winner on tour this year. Her previous best finish in 120 starts was seventh at the 2014 Kingsmill Championship.

Suwannapura picked up three strokes over her final two holes, making eagle on the par-5 17th and closing with a birdie on the par-5 18th at Highland Meadows to finish at 14-under 270.

In the playoff, Suwannapura converted a short birdie putt after Lincicome hit her second shot into a water hazard and scrambled for par.

Lincicome shot 67. She had a chance to win in regulation, but her birdie putt from about 10 feet did a nearly 360-degree turn around the edge of the cup and stayed out. Next up for the big-hitting Lincicome: a start against the men at the PGA Tour's Barbasol Championship.

Third-round leader Brooke Henderson led by two shots after six holes, but struggled the rest of the way. Back-to-back bogeys on the 14th and 15th holes dropped her out of the lead. The 20-year-old Canadian finished with a 2-under 69, one shot out of the playoff.

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Kim cruises to first win, final Open invite at Deere

By Will GrayJuly 15, 2018, 9:38 pm

Following the best week of his professional career, Michael Kim is both a winner on the PGA Tour and the 156th and final player to earn a tee time next week at The Open.

Kim entered the final round of the John Deere Classic with a five-shot lead, and the former Cal standout removed any lingering doubt about the tournament's outcome with birdies on each of his first three holes. He cruised from there, shooting a bogey-free 66 to finish the week at 27 under and win by eight shots over Francesco Molinari, Joel Dahmen, Sam Ryder and Bronson Burgoon.

It equals the tournament scoring record and ties for the largest margin of victory on Tour this season, matching Dustin Johnson's eight-shot romp at Kapalua in January and Molinari's margin two weeks ago at the Quicken Loans National.

"Just super thankful," Kim said. "It's been a tough first half of the year. But to be able to finish it out in style like this means a lot."

Kim, 25, received the Haskins Award as the nation's top collegiate player back in 2013, but his ascent to the professional ranks has been slow. He had only one top-10 finish in 83 starts on Tour entering the week, tying for third at the Safeway Open in October 2016, and had missed the cut each of the last three weeks.

But the pieces all came together at TPC Deere Run, where Kim opened with 63 and held a three-shot lead after 36 holes. His advantage was trimmed to a single shot during a rain-delayed third round, but Kim returned to the course late Saturday and closed with four straight birdies on Nos. 15-18 to build a five-shot cushion and inch closer to his maiden victory.

As the top finisher among the top five not otherwise exempt, Kim earned the final spot at Carnoustie as part of the Open Qualifying Series. It will be his first major championship appearance since earning low amateur honors with a T-17 finish at the 2013 U.S. Open at Merion, and he is also now exempt for the PGA Championship and next year's Masters.

The last player to earn the final Open spot at the Deere and make the cut the following week was Brian Harman, who captured his first career win at TPC Deere Run in 2014 and went on to tie for 26th at Royal Liverpool.

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Poulter offers explanation in dispute with marshal

By Will GrayJuly 15, 2018, 6:47 pm

Ian Poulter took to Twitter to offer an explanation after the Englishman was accused of verbally abusing a volunteer during the third round of the Scottish Open.

Poulter hooked his drive on the opening hole at Gullane Golf Club into a bush, where Quintin Jardine was working as a marshal. Poulter went on to find the ball, wedge out and make bogey, but the details of the moments leading up to his second shot differ depending on who you ask.

Jardine wrote a letter to the tournament director that he also turned into a colorfully-titled blog post, accusing Poulter of berating him for not going into the bush "feet first" in search of the ball since Poulter would have received a free drop had his ball been stepped on by an official.

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"I stood and waited for the player. It turned out to be Mr. Poulter, who arrived in a shower of expletives and asked me where his ball was," Jardine wrote. "I told him and said that I had not ventured into the bush for fear of standing on it. I wasn't expecting thanks, but I wasn't expecting aggression, either."

Jardine added that Poulter stayed to exchange heated words with the volunteer even after wedging his ball back into the fairway. After shooting a final-round 69 to finish in a tie for 30th, Poulter tweeted his side of the story to his more than 2.3 million followers:

Poulter, 42, won earlier this year on the PGA Tour at the Houston Open and is exempt into The Open at Carnoustie, where he will make his 17th Open appearance. His record includes a runner-up at Royal Birkdale in 2008 and a T-3 finish at Muirfield in 2013.

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Immelman misses Open bid via OWGR tiebreaker

By Will GrayJuly 15, 2018, 6:25 pm

A resurgent performance at the Scottish Open gave Trevor Immelman his first top-10 finish in more than four years, but it left him short of a return to The Open by the slimmest of margins.

The former Masters champ turned back the clock this week at Gullane Golf Club, carding four straight rounds of 68 or better. That run included a 5-under 65 in the final round, which gave him a tie for third and left him five shots behind winner Brandon Stone. It was his first worldwide top-10 since a T-10 finish at the 2014 Farmers Insurance Open.

There were three spots available into The Open for players not otherwise exempt, and for a brief moment it appeared Immelman, 38, might sneak the third and final invite.

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But with Stone and runner-up Eddie Pepperell both not qualified, that left the final spot to be decided between Immelman and Sweden's Jens Dantorp who, like Immelman, tied for third at 15 under.

As has been the case with other stops along the Open Qualifying Series, the tiebreaker to determine invites is the players' standing in the Official World Golf Rankings entering the week. Dantorp is currently No. 322 in the world, but with Immelman ranked No. 1380 the Swede got the nod.

This will mark Dantorp's first-ever major championship appearance. Immelman, who hasn't made the cut in a major since the 2013 Masters, was looking to return to The Open for 10th time and first since a missed cut at Royal Lytham six years ago. He will instead work the week at Carnoustie as part of Golf Channel and NBC's coverage of The Open.