Dana Quigley's Perfect Life
Most tour golfers are blase about their profession and like to
tell envious working stiffs that golfing for a living ain't all
it's cracked up to be. Not Dana Quigley. This New Englander
wouldn't trade his life on the Senior tour for anything.
Quigley's affection for golf is not simply due to the $3.8
million he has won since turning 50 in 1997. He likes to play.
Every day. Last week's Boone Valley Classic outside St. Louis
marked Quigley's 106th straight start on the Senior tour, a
streak second only to Mike McCullough's 125.
But Quigley, who tied for fourth, eight shots behind winner Larry
Nelson, hardly limited his play to the three days of the
tournament. The week was typical. After holing a dramatic 12-foot
birdie putt to win the TD Waterhouse Championship by a stroke
over Tom Watson, Quigley missed the last flight from Kansas City
to St. Louis, so he and good buddy Ed Dougherty rented a car and
drove, arriving in St. Louis at 1:30 a.m. Following a catnap,
Quigley was playing in the Monday pro-am, a Senior tour staple
that is typically devoid of name players. "To me it's not a
duty," he says. "I bond with those guys."
The next morning he hooked up with Allen Doyle and Bruce
Summerhays at Boone Valley for their regular Tuesday game, during
which the only thing quicker than their sawed-off backswings and
$2 presses is their toxic razzing. "You'd think we were playing
for $8 million," says Quigley. "Sometimes other guys get in, but
they don't come back, because the three of us, being from the
munis, have needles that are too sharp."
Later that day Quigley joined the event's nine-hole celebrity
shootout, and that night he attended a Cardinals game at Busch
Stadium. On Wednesday he played in another pro-am and again took
in the Cardinals.
On Thursday he followed the pro-am with an afternoon of gambling
on a riverboat casino. His wife, Angie, and their two children,
Nicole, 18, and Devon, 15, joined Quigley in St. Louis that
night, and the entire family attended the ball games on Friday
and Saturday. On Sunday, after the final round, the Quigleys
wound down at the hotel by watching the Red Sox-Yankees game, and
on Monday the cycle began again, in Nashville, site of the
BellSouth Senior Classic.
"A perfect day for me would be to play a tournament round during
the day and go to a Red Sox game at night," says Quigley.
"Actually, that's pretty close to what I do now. Seriously, I
wish there were more than three days of competition a week. In
fact, I wouldn't mind seven."
Quigley does not argue with fellow pros who say he's deranged,
except to point out that he is merely following his metabolism
and his muse. "All my life I've been a guy who could go all day,"
he says. "I think the players who call me a weirdo envy my
passion. I never wake up and not want to play."
For most of his years as a pro, Quigley didn't feel the same way
about himself. After graduating from Rhode Island in 1969, he
knocked around as an assistant pro until finally making it to the
PGA Tour in 1978. He never won more than $32,000 in a season and
by '83 had taken a job as a club pro. His extroverted personality
made him popular, as did his penchant for buying rounds in the
clubhouse until closing time. "Everything I do, I go overboard,"
says Quigley. "I couldn't have just one drink. I had to drink
everything behind the bar. It took me a while to realize that
I've had low self-esteem my whole life."
Quigley went through rehab, but the drinking didn't stop for good
until Feb. 1, 1989. After a day of golf and drinking at his
adopted home course of West Palm Beach Municipal, Quigley was
driving on I-95 to meet his buddies at a bar when he had an
epiphany. "I don't know why, but I thought, What am I doing? I
pulled over and decided, That's it, man. I've had enough."
Then, in '92, through his friendship with fellow New Englander
Brad Faxon, he met sports psychologist Bob Rotella. "I told him,
'Look out when I turn 49, because I'm coming to see you,'" says
Quigley. Sure enough, in '96 Quigley spent three days with
Rotella. After the session he won five times in 11 starts on the
PGA Tournament Series in Florida. The next year he earned his
Senior tour exemption by Monday-qualifying for the Northville
Long Island Classic and beating Jay Sigel in a three-hole playoff
for the title. He hasn't looked back.
Quigley remains more Stuart Smalley than Tony Robbins. Ask him
about being No. 3 on the money list, and he's quick to answer: "I
don't feel like I belong among the top players. I'm a schlepper,
a club pro, and I'll always be a club pro. Everybody says I'm too
self-effacing, but it keeps me working hard. Of course, for me,
this isn't work."
Faldo Seeks Out Slammin' Sam
Nick Faldo hadn't had much luck with icons. In 1992 he made a
pilgrimage to Fort Worth, Texas, to ask for Ben Hogan's advice on
how to win the U.S. Open, and the great man had told him, "Shoot
the lowest score." So he wasn't sure what to expect when he
called on Sam Snead recently.
Faldo (right) has long admired Snead's fluid, powerful swing, and
went to Hot Springs, Va., to learn what he calls Snead's
"absolute musts, the key things he thinks about and feels during
the swing." In the process he also learned that Hogan and Snead
were very different men.
"It was a great day," says Faldo. "Sam is very generous. As he
watched me hit balls, I told him I've been trying to gain more
leverage. Right off he suggested that I grip the club a little
tighter with the little finger of my left hand. He also
emphasized starting the downswing by pulling with the upper left
arm. If Sam had a secret, I believe that was it. He was massively
strong in the shoulder area, and that was why he was able to
generate so much speed with a such a compact action. I really
feel as if I've been given some gems."
Faldo says that he will put the insights gleaned from the visit
into an expanded edition of his instruction book, A Swing for
Life. It should be noted, however, that he didn't ask Snead how
to win the Open.
Jaime's TOP 10 Most Likely to Succeed
Predicting which college players will be successful pros has
always been an inexact science. In 1992, for example, three
members of NCAA champion Arizona--David Berganio, Harry Rudolph
and Manny Zerman--were seen as can't-miss prospects, and no one
thought their teammate Jim Furyk had a chance. Nevertheless,
because many experts feel this year's talent pool is the deepest
ever, here are the 10 players most likely to succeed.
1. Paul Casey, Jr., Arizona State. RESUME: Six victories. Won '99
English Amateur. Was 4-0 for Great Britain and Ireland in '99
Walker Cup. THE SKINNY: Casey shot an NCAA-record 60 at last
year's Pac-10 Championships and this year won his third straight
conference title. If he maintains his scoring average (69.57) at
this week's NCAAs, he will set the collegiate single-season
2. Charles Howell, Jr., Oklahoma State. RESUME: Four victories.
THE SKINNY: Howell's 69.97 average this year is a school record
at a place that has been a factory for Tour players. He's
extremely long because he has Tiger Woods-like clubhead speed.
3. Luke Donald, Jr., Northwestern. RESUME: Nine victories,
including '99 NCAA individual title. Was 4-0 at the Walker Cup,
with two victories pairing with Casey. THE SKINNY: He has the
most consistent and controlled game in the college ranks. Average
off the tee, Donald is exceptional with his irons. He never beats
himself. Intends to come back for his senior year.
4. Bryce Molder, Jr., Georgia Tech. RESUME: Five victories,
including this year's ACC Championship. THE SKINNY: Born with a
left hand that's smaller than the right, Molder has a swing that
is hardly a classic but is powerful and repeatable. His short
game is exceptional. He makes excellent decisions on the course.
5. Jess Daley, Sr., Northwestern. RESUME: Two victories. The
Skinny: A 6'6", 205-pounder with a powerful game, Daley needs to
work on his putting and become more accurate off the tee, but his
size and strength will give him an advantage as a pro.
6. Edward Loar, Sr., Oklahoma State. RESUME: Five victories. The
Skinny: He's also a big hitter with a pro-style game. A
left-hander, Loar tends to spray the ball off the tee but is an
exceptional wedge player and a putter who can recover.
7. David Gossett, Soph., Texas. RESUME: Five victories, including
'99 U.S. Amateur. THE SKINNY: A disciplined player, Gossett is
wonderful around the greens, as he demonstrated at Pebble Beach
during the Amateur. Larry Gossett is very involved in his son's
career, which is not seen as a positive by some.
8. Lucas Glover, Jr., Clemson. RESUME: Two victories. THE SKINNY:
Glover's grandfather played pro football, and his father was a
professional baseball player. A big hitter, Glover makes birdies
in bunches. Some wonder if he has the patience to adjust to the
week-to-week grind of the Tour.
9. Matt Kuchar, Sr., Georgia Tech. RESUME: Eight victories,
including '97 U.S. Amateur. THE SKINNY: Not a great ball striker,
Kuchar has a knack for getting the ball into the hole. He still
hasn't decided whether to turn pro and could surprise everyone by
becoming that rarest of animals--a gentleman amateur.
10. Jenna Daniels, Sr., Arizona. RESUME: Six victories, including
last week's NCAA Championship. THE SKINNY: By far the most
complete player among the women, Daniels makes up for a lack of
distance with tremendous focus.
The supercharged atmosphere at the Senior tour stop in Kansas
City two weeks ago was an aberration, the result of a shootout
involving local hero Tom Watson. Another Watson-driven shootout
on Sunday looked and sounded more like the norm. What if they
held an event and nobody came? That would be business as usual in
What do these players have in common?
They're the only golfers to win an NCAA title and the U.S.
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SYNONYMS for GOING LOW
All systems go, burn it up, dial in, feel it, fill it up, full
flight, full flow, full song, get ridiculous, go crazy, go deep,
go nuts, go off, off the chart, pin hunting, point and click,
press the button, run the table, shoot nothing, shoot zero,
switched on, zone in.
Does it help to be on a roll going into the U.S. Open? Apparently
not. Three of the past five winners missed the cut in their final
appearance before the Open. Here are how those five made out in
their three starts before the national championship.
3RD LAST 2ND LAST LAST
Payne Stewart Cut 24 Cut
Lee Janzen Cut 31 21
Ernie Els T9 38 Cut
Steve Jones T6 Cut Cut
Corey Pavin Cut Cut 2
January Romero, Albuquerque
January, a sophomore at Albuquerque Academy, overcame high winds
to win a third consecutive A-AAA state title, by three shots with
a 21-over 165 at Pinion Hills Golf Course in Farmington. January,
who won seven of 10 high school tournaments this spring, was
named the Sun Country PGA section's Junior Sportswoman of the
Year in 1999.
J.J. Killeen, Lubbock, Texas
J.J., a senior at Coronado High, won the 5A state title while
leading the Mustangs to the team crown. J.J. shot a one-under 141
at Roy Kizer Golf Course in Austin and won the individual medal
in a playoff against Martin Flores, a Mansfield High senior and
the '98 5A champ. The state titles were the first in any sport by
a Coronado player or team.
Casey Clendenon, Clinton, Miss.
Casey, a ninth-grader at Sumner Hill Junior High, won
Mississippi's 5A championship, firing a one-under 143 at
Briarwood Country Club in Meridian. Casey, Mississippi's '99
junior champ in the 14-15 age group and the two-time men's club
champion at Live Oaks Country Club in Jackson, had a 73.8 stroke
average in 10 high school events this year.
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