Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Quigley is Riding the Roller Coaster

It's amazing to me how quickly these TOUR pros can go from ice cold to red hot, not only with their play, but with their confidence.  Brett Quigley, who has just come off of consecutive runner-up finishes, is a prime example.  Brett had a bumpy start this year, missing three of his first four cuts, and his attitude was in the toilet.

At the end of February, I was working the scoring tent at the Mayakoba Golf Classic in Mexico.  Brett had finished round two in the morning, and after scores of 70-72, he was straddling the cut line.  "Casey, please tell me I can go home!  My golf game is so depressing right now."

He didn't like my answer.  "I'm sorry, Quigs, but I think 142 is going to hang in there.  You're going to have to play this weekend."

Brett actually packed his bags and checked out of his room on Friday, hopeful that I would be wrong with my cut prediction.  Unfortunately for him, my educated guess was correct, and Quigley reluctantly returned to the course on Saturday morning for round three.  After a frustrating 73 in the third round, Quigs rebounded with an easy 67 on Sunday.  In the scoring area after his final round, he said with a big grin, "You know what?  Something clicked today..."

And just like that, the switch was flipped.  The next week Brett tied for 13th at the Honda Classic.  The following week he birdied the final hole at the Puerto Rico Open to finish in a tie for second, and then last week in Tampa he posted three straight 68's to place second again.  Quigs is flying high right now, having made almost $875,000 and averaging 69.17 per round in his last three tournaments.  All this from a guy who was so sick of his game a month ago he didn't even want to make the cut.  You gotta love this crazy game.


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