Re: Next Great American Golfer . . . Jeff Quinney . . . YES
Originally Posted by jrbechthold
That might be asking too much, but can we at least hope for someone to not fold up in submission to Tiger?
Only 2 US players under 30 have muliple wins, Ben Crane and Jonathan Byrd, that's incredible. The last highly hyped player was Charles Howell III and that's been 7 years. It's been a severe drought for the USA in Ryder Cups, no one new has really come along and started to WIN.
A case could be made that Quinney, age 28, is on the threshold, he's paid his dues.
NCAA star at Arizona State
1997/8 Tied for 11th in NCAA championships
1999 SECOND-TEAM ALL-AMERICAN
1998 HONORABLE MENTION ALL-AMERICAN
1999 NCAA WEST REGIONAL CHAMPION
1999 ASU THUNDERBIRD/SAVANE INVITATIONAL CHAMPION
1999 AND 2000 FIRST-TEAM ALL-PAC-10 SELECTION
Set ASU’s Karsten Golf Course record on April 18, 1999, with a 62, which at the time was the lowest score in Sun Devil history…the best par-72 round in ASU history
2000 US amateur title defeating Lucas Glover along the way (Played the 2001 Masters (80/76), 2001 US Open (81/73), and 2001 British Open (76/73)
Here are some other recent US Amateur champions
1999 David Gosset: Career is sputtering
2001 Bubba Dickerson: 127 on PGA 2006 money list as rookie
2002 Ricky Barnes: status unknown
2003 Nick Flanagan: 32 on Nationwide money in 2006
2004 Ryan Moore: Excellent showing on 2006 PGA tour, looks promising, great showing at Masters and US Open
2005 Edoraldo Molinari: Not on PGA or Nationwide tour
2006 Richie Ramsay: Not on Tour yet
2002 Ranked 2cd on Canadian Tour Order of Merit
2004 Finished 46 on Nationwide Tour with one win
2006 Finished 6th on Nationwide Tour with 8 top 10's and 16 top 25's flirted with winning all year.
Been a member of the Walker Cup and Palmer Cup
Players bloom at different ages, Tiger was a rarity to play so well so young, most don't come into their own until their 30's. I wouldn't be surprised if Quinney is the real deal and is just now starting to hit his stride.
What I like to see is after 2 very tough near misses to enter the winners circle, he comes out smoking the next week and drops 14 birdies in 2 rounds for -13.
So what I see is that this isn't just a flukey hot streak but the coming out party of a seriously talented golfer. Maybe he won't win this year, but he will get a lot of top 10's, retain his card with a top 50 finish, and sometime soon he will start winning, perhaps this week, we will see.
Anyway, I'm pulling for him because we need someone to root for, someone new who can go low at any time and challenge Tiger to some extent. He already has a 64 and a 63 this year, fired a dramatic ace on 17 Sunday at the Hope after making birdie, eagle to leap up the board, leads the tour in eagles . . . this is somone who can mount a charge up the leaderboard at any time and that makes golf exciting to watch.
Great article on Sandtrap by Cody Thrasher on Quinney at http://thesandtrap.com/columns/thras.../#comment-4245
Quinney's comments after his 8 under round at FBR:
"It was one of those days where you get in the zone and you feel like nothing can go wrong," Quinney said.
He said his confidence has been building after his recent success -- a tie for fourth at the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic two weeks ago and a tie for seventh at last week's Buick Invitational, where he was paired with Tiger Woods in the third round.
Playing with Woods, who was en route to his seventh consecutive PGA TOUR victory, was an added boost.
"Just to be thrown in the fire, playing against the No. 1 player in the world," Quinney said. "It seemed like he was heads above everybody else. To be right with him playing 18 holes -- I think I bogeyed the last hole and lost by one to him that day -- but that just kind of proved to me that I can play at this level, and on the weekend. It just gave me a lot of confidence."
A breakthrough victory in Scottsdale would be almost perfect, he said.
"Other than probably a couple of majors, I think this is where I'd want to win," Quinney said.
Go Jeff, you can do it!!!