Hoag Classic - R2

Quinn takes 3-stroke lead on breezy day

March 08-10
Newport Beach Country Club, Newport Beach, California
$1,800,000

Round 1, Round 3


Fran Quinn birdied three of the final holes in breezy conditions Saturday for a 4-under 67 and a three-stroke lead in the PGA Tour Champions’ Hoag Classic.

Tied for the first-round lead with Scott McCarron after a 64 in strong wind Friday, Quinn rebounded from a bogey on the par-4 14th with birdies on the par-5 15th, par-3 17th and par-5 18th at Newport Beach Country Club.

”It’s a difficult golf course right now,” Quinn said. ”The greens are difficult, so just got to keep hitting greens and giving yourself opportunities. You know, you’re going to make some. Everybody’s missing some. You can’t think you’re the only one. So it’s a situation where you’ve got to be patient.”


The 53-year-old Massachusetts player had an 11-under 131 total. He’s winless on the 50-and-over tour after winning four times on the Web.com Tour and twice on the Asian Tour.

”I haven’t won yet, but I’ve got two thirds, a fourth, a fifth, a sixth. I’ve kind of been trending in the last two and a half years toward having an opportunity to win, and so I’m just happy that I’ve given myself this chance. Like I said, ‘Hey, I’m blessed to be playing out here.’ I love it. I love playing with all guys that they were my heroes growing up, and now they’re my friends. So I just enjoy that.”

David Toms and Australia’s David McKenzie were tied for second.

Toms had his second straight 67, also birdieing three of the last four.

”I struggled on the front getting anything going the first two days, but hung in there,” Toms said. ”I knew I had some birdie holes on the back, and I made a couple of long putts and that kind of got me going.”

McKenzie shot 66.

”Made a couple putts and hit it on the grass, the short grass, so it made it a lot easier,” McKenzie said.


Kirk Triplett (65), Esteban Toledo (65) and Woody Austin (67) were 7 under. McCarron was another stroke back after a 72.

Newport Beach resident Fred Couples was 4 under after a 70.

Vijay Singh skipped his title defense to play in the PGA Tour’s Arnold Palmer Invitational. Bernhard Langer is sidelined by an injury to his rib and stomach area.


Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
Total
1
Fran Quinn
-11
64
67
131
T2
David McKenzie
-8
68
66
134
T2
David Toms
-8
67
67
134
T4
Kirk Triplett
-7
70
65
135
T4
Esteban Toledo
-7
70
65
135
T4
Woody Austin
-7
68
67
135
T7
Steve Flesch
-6
69
67
136
T7
Scott McCarron
-6
64
72
136
T9
Gene Sauers
-5
71
66
137
T9
Scott Verplank
-5
73
64
137
T9
Tom Lehman
-5
69
68
137
T9
Paul Goydos
-5
69
68
137
T9
Miguel Angel Jiménez
-5
69
68
137
T9
Doug Garwood
-5
66
71
137
T15
Tom Pernice Jr.
-4
70
68
138
T15
Billy Mayfair
-4
70
68
138
T15
Fred Couples
-4
68
70
138
T15
Corey Pavin
-4
67
71
138
T19
Kevin Baker
-3
71
68
139
T19
Scott Parel
-3
70
69
139
T19
Jesper Parnevik
-3
70
69
139
T19
Tom Byrum
-3
70
69
139
T19
Tim Petrovic
-3
69
70
139
T19
Jeff Maggert
-3
76
63
139
T25
Bob Estes
-2
71
69
140
T25
Tommy Armour III
-2
71
69
140
T25
Paul Broadhurst
-2
71
69
140
T25
Jerry Smith
-2
71
69
140
T25
Duffy Waldorf
-2
70
70
140
T25
Brandt Jobe
-2
73
67
140
T25
Glen Day
-2
70
70
140
T25
Steve Pate
-2
69
71
140
T25
Tom Gillis
-2
68
72
140
T25
Carlos Franco
-2
68
72
140
T35
Lee Janzen
-1
71
70
141
T35
Willie Wood
-1
72
69
141
T35
Jerry Kelly
-1
70
71
141
T35
Kevin Sutherland
-1
73
68
141
T35
Tommy Tolles
-1
70
71
141
T35
Jeff Sluman
-1
70
71
141
T35
Rocco Mediate
-1
69
72
141
T35
Billy Andrade
-1
67
74
141
T43
Joey Sindelar
E
71
71
142
T43
Marco Dawson
E
71
71
142
T43
Bart Bryant
E
71
71
142
T43
Russ Cochran
E
71
71
142
T43
José María Olazábal
E
73
69
142
T43
Michael Allen
E
74
68
142
T43
Kenny Perry
E
75
67
142
T50
Mark Calcavecchia
1
71
72
143
T50
Cliff Kresge
1
71
72
143
T50
Mark Brooks
1
72
71
143
T50
Steve Jones
1
72
71
143
T50
Ken Tanigawa
1
69
74
143
T55
Mark O’Meara
2
71
73
144
T55
Sam Randolph
2
73
71
144
T55
Wes Short, Jr.
2
73
71
144
T55
Chris DiMarco
2
75
69
144
T55
Stephen Ames
2
75
69
144
T60
Kent Jones
3
70
75
145
T60
Joe Durant
3
74
71
145
T60
Gibby Gilbert III
3
75
70
145
T60
Sandy Lyle
3
76
69
145
T64
Loren Roberts
5
72
75
147
T64
Skip Kendall
5
73
74
147
T64
Darren Clarke
5
75
72
147
T64
John Cook
5
77
70
147
T68
Scott Hoch
6
76
72
148
T68
Olin Browne
6
76
72
148
T68
Bob May
6
77
71
148
71
Greg Kraft
7
76
73
149
72
David Frost
9
74
77
151
T73
Tom Kite
12
78
76
154
T73
Steve Jurgensen
12
80
74
154
75
Bob Gilder
13
82
73
155
WD
Jay Haas
55
55
WD
Hal Sutton
64
64
WD
Colin Montgomerie
80
80