Brett Quigley shoots 64 for 1-shot lead in Champions tour return

Ruben Hill
August 5, 2020

Furyk's victory sees him become the first player since Miguel Angel Jimenez in 2014 to win his first start on the over-50s circuit, with the success coming at a venue where he previously registered a PGA Tour title at the 2003 Buick Open.

Furyk shot 4-under-par 68 in the final round of the $2 million Ally Challenge to post a two-stroke victory and take home the $300,000 top prize.

"Lots of folks I hadn't seen in a lot of years and a lot of good friends, and so just good to say hello to everyone".

"I was trying to shoot 20 under the front nine yesterday". He won a new tournament in Morocco, and just over a month later, the tour shut down because of the coronavirus pandemic. That's what makes it fun.

"I'm looking forward to getting in the mix, having some nerves", Furyk said. I settled in today. "Wow, I'm amazed. It felt pretty darn hard to do".

Furyk finished with a score of 14-under-par 68-66-68-202 to finish two shots in front of second-round leader Brett Quigley and two-time U.S. Open victor Retief Goosen, shot 66 in the final round.

Furyk will return to the PGA Tour for the next two weeks, playing at the PGA Championship and Wyndham Championship to try and qualify for the season-ending FedExCup Play-Offs. It's a huge boost of confidence for me. "Feel like I know it really well".

"I put a lot of week in last week at home". If you look at the way I hit it this week, my iron game wasn't that sharp in spots but my wedge game was incredible. I haven't been there in a while. And the advantage of going from being one of the oldest bodies on the PGA Tour back to young-pup status.

Like many before him, Jim Furyk's indoctrination into the world of the Champions Tour has been welcoming.

"It's nearly like winning the lottery, because we just weren't sure we were going to play".

The Ally Challenge marked the 16th time he's played at Warwick Hills and the 16th time he's finished in the money.

He began the last round one shot out of the lead, and when Carlos Franco wasted an eagle start at end of his front 9, and Tommy Armour III faded early, it boiled down to Furyk and Quigley.

But when they got to the back side, it was Furyk who remained steady with two birdies and seven pars while Quigley shot 2-over par thanks to four bogeys.

Furyk started the weather-delayed final day a shot off the pace and slipped further behind despite birdies at the fourth and seventh, as Quigley picked up a shot at the first and made back-to-back gains from the eighth to turn in 33. He couldn't wait to get started again, and then he promptly bogeyed his opening hole Friday.

Furyk, who sits at 10-under par after two rounds, likened the experience to the first day of school - but with a twist.

Quigley birdied the par-5 16th to tie for the lead, only to catch the left lip on a par putt on the 17th to give Furyk control. I was like, oh my gosh, now I've got to go bogey the first hole. Because there are no spectators, the PGA Tour Champions had a video board behind the green that showed fans cheering.

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