Brett Quigley fires 64 to take one-shot lead at Ally Problem
GRAND BLANC, Mich. – Brett Quigley was so excited to be competing once more he might barely break par. He settled down Saturday for an 8-under 64 and a one-shot lead within the Ally Problem, the primary PGA Tour Champions occasion in 5 months.
Quigley performed bogey-free at Warwick Hills. Monday qualifier Carlos Franco additionally had a 64 with two eagles and was within the group one shot behind that included Jim Furyk (66) in his debut on the 50-and-older circuit.
Tommy Armour additionally was inside one shot of the lead after a birdie on the once-rowdy par-3 17th and an 8-foot par save from the again bunker for a 68.
Armour III (68) centered on ‘one shot at a time’ at The Ally Problem
Quigley was at 11-under 133 as he tries to win for the second time this 12 months on the PGA Tour Champions. He received a brand new event in Morocco, and simply over a month later, the tour shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic. He could not wait to get began once more, after which he promptly bogeyed his opening gap on Friday.
“I used to be making an attempt to shoot 20 underneath the entrance 9 yesterday. I used to be simply making an attempt to drive the whole lot after being off for thus lengthy,” Quigley mentioned. “Slightly extra relaxed at the moment. … Made a bunch of birdies it seems to be fairly good.”
Furyk looms as maybe his greatest challenger.
He was amongst three gamers, together with Mike Weir and Ok.J. Choi, who turned 50 whereas the PGA Tour Champions was shut down. Furyk, a previous winner at Warwick Hills when it hosted the Buick Open on the PGA Tour, will attempt to grow to be the primary participant to win his Champions debut since Miguel Angel Jimenez on the Mitsubishi Electrical Championship in 2014.
Furyk (66): ‘Trying ahead’ to Sunday combine at Ally Problem
Furyk received the Buick Open in 2003 and twice was a runner-up. On the PGA Tour, he shot par or higher 59 out of his 60 rounds at Warwick Hills. He mentioned the key was to maintain it within the brief grass and reap the benefits of wedges and brief irons. That labored when he was youthful, and he expects the identical now.
“Once I was enjoying effectively, I did a whole lot of injury right here,” Furyk mentioned.
Furyk remains to be among the many high 100 on the earth rating and can play within the PGA Championship subsequent week. However he hasn’t received because the RBC Heritage at Harbour City in 2015, and he hasn’t had many probabilities.
“I am wanting ahead to getting within the combine, having some nerves,” Furyk mentioned. “I’ve bought a whole lot of expertise to fall again on, however it can nonetheless be a bit of new.”
Full-field scores from The Ally Problem
Armour and Billy Andrade shared the lead after the primary day, and solely Armour stayed within the combine with just a few key putts on the finish. Andrade did not make a birdie till the 16th gap and fell out of competition with a 74.
Bernhard Langer, the Charles Schwab Cup chief, additionally fell again on the finish of his spherical. He was inside two of the lead till bogeys on the 15th and 16th holes. That gave him a 70, and he was 4 photographs behind.
On the Buick Open, the gallery on the par-3 17th was notoriously rowdy, although not fairly Phoenix Open ranges. As a result of there are not any spectators, the PGA Tour Champions had a video board behind the inexperienced that confirmed followers cheering. It wasn’t a lot, however it was one thing.
“It is such an thrilling space for all of us,” Quigley mentioned. “You simply sit up for that power, after which for it to not be there yesterday, after which to lastly hear a few of it at the moment was a bit of again to regular golf. It’s a little eerie out right here not having followers.”