SAN ANTONIO -- Dana Quigley shot a 7-under 64 Saturday to
take a one-stroke lead going to the final round of the SBC
Championship at Oak Hills Country Club.
Quigley has an 11-under total of 131 to lead Mark James, a
former European Ryder Cup member and second-year player on the
Champions Tour who shot a 5-under 66. Jay Haas is alone in third at
133 after a 66.
Perfect scoring conditions of warm temperatures and no wind
greeted players for another day.
First-round leader John Harris was tied for the lead before
taking a triple bogey on the par-4 17th. His second shot sailed
over the green, hit the backside of a bunker slope and rocketed out
of bounds. He finished with a 66 and is tied for fourth at 8-under
with Bruce Fleisher and Don Pohl.
Quigley has been the points leader for 19 weeks in the Charles
Schwab Cup, a $1 million competition that rewards yearlong
consistency and performance in the major championships. He entered
this week's tournament leading Hale Irwin in the Schwab standings
and the money list, with only one tournament left on the 2005
"It would mean a lot to me to win the money title," Quigley
said. "That's pretty important to me, but with the Schwab points
tripled next week, it's all coming down to the final week."
Quigley had six birdies in a seven-hole stretch to surge toward
the lead, starting on the par-4 seventh and ending with a 15-foot
birdie on the par-3 13th.
"When you make a birdie there, you feel like you're stealing
one because that hole is so tough," Quigley said. "I want to tidy
everything up before the Charles Schwab Championship [next week],
and a win here would certainly do it."
Defending champion Mark McNulty shot a 1-over 72 and is six
shots back in 15th, but said a Sunday charge is not out of reach.
"This course sets up for somebody to shoot a 62 or 64 tomorrow,
and I just hope that person is me," McNulty said.
Fleisher made his charge up the leaderboard with a hole-in-one
on the par-3 ninth. He used a 7-iron for the 163-yard shot, his
second ace of the year. It highlighted a 5-under 30 on the front
nine, the low nine-hole score of the day, but he was unable to
capitalize on the back nine, shooting an even-par 36.