Quigley's closing 63 yields Greater Kansas City title

Updated: July 2, 2006, 8:34 PM ET
Associated Press

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. -- The greatest competitive round of golf in Dana Quigley's career came, of course, in the Kansas City area.

Where else?

With a course record-tying 9-under-par 63 Sunday, Quigley captured the Greater Kansas City Golf Classic for the second year in a row and the third time since 2000.

It's the first official title for the 59-year-old Massachusetts native since he beat Tom Watson and Gil Morgan in a playoff here in 2005 and by far his best showing since dizziness and high blood pressure caused him to skip several events earlier this year.

All things considered, he could not remember playing a finer round.

"I've said it before -- I'm just very positive when I get here," said Quigley, who won $248,000 for his first-place finish.

"I'll have some great memories of Kansas City," he said. "It's just a great place for me to play golf."

He once shot a 62 on the Champions Tour. But this nine-birdie, nine-par round was accomplished amid heat and wind and the pressure of coming from behind to win a tournament on the final day.

"I just kept making putts and kept making shots," he said. "My initial thought is when it's your day, nothing can go wrong. It's one of those rounds you dream about."

David Edwards had also made nine birdies and nine pars on Friday when he set the record for the 7,000-yard LionsGate layout with a 63.

Edwards took a 1-stroke lead into Sunday and shot a more-than-respectful 4-under 68. But behind Quigley's big day, that was good only for a second-place finish at 15-under-par 201.

"A number of guys have a chance and only one guy's going to win," Edwards said. "I learned a long time ago it's not always your turn."

Next at 12-under for the tournament were Joe Ozaki, who had a 66 on Sunday, and Brad Bryant, who had a 67. Tim Simpson, Bob Gilder and Lonnie Nielsen were 11 under for the three days.

Edwards' nine-birdie, nine-par 63 came early Friday when he was in the first group off and able to avoid much of the afternoon wind and heat.

"Dana played great," he said. "My course record didn't last very long. It was tougher this afternoon than it was early on Friday. It was a fabulous round."

Edwards was tied with Quigley at 14 under until the defending champ took the lead for good by rolling in a birdie putt from at least 60 feet on No. 9.

Quigley first called it a 50-footer but then reconsidered.

"Maybe it was 70 feet," he quipped. "I probably won't make another one that length this season. Basically, you're hoping to get it down there and not three-putt it. And it goes in. Man, it's like one of life's unexpected pleasures."

The birdie gave him the lead for good for the tournament.

"It certainly put the exclamation point on it being my day," he said.

Edwards birdied the 15th to get within one stroke of Quigley. But a moment later, Quigley put his drive on the par-3 17th just 3 feet from the pin. He calmly rolled in the birdie to go 9 under for the hot, windy day.

"I was in that zone, in that focus where all the sports psychologists try to get us for tournament play," he said.

After going up one stroke with his cross-country birdie putt on No. 9, Quigley two-putted the par-5 10th hole for a birdie that put him 7 under for the day.

Nielsen started the day 3 strokes behind the leader Edwards and was only two strokes in back of Quigley after getting an eagle-3 on the 10th hole. But then, similar to his bogey-bogey finish of Saturday, he double- bogeyed the par-3 14th after hitting his drive into the water, and lipped out a par putt on the par-4 15th.

Crowd favorite Tom Watson again failed to win in his hometown. His 75 left him 3 under for the tournament.

"I got off to a bad start with the putter today and I never got a very good feel," said Watson. "I hit some sloppy shots. As a result, I shot a 75, a pretty bad round."


Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press

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