Quigley wins Champions event

Tuesday, June 14, 2005

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. -- Dana Quigley won the rain-shortened Bayer Advantage Classic, holing an 11-foot birdie putt on the only hole he played Monday to beat hometown favorite Tom Watson and Gil Morgan in a playoff.

Watson had a chance to win in regulation, but left a long birdie putt hanging on the lip of the cup on his final hole, bringing a groan from the big gallery. He played 12 holes Monday, finishing off a 6-under 66 to join Quigley and Morgan at 11-under 133.

Quigley and Morgan completed regulation play on Sunday before rain forced the suspension of play, with Quigley shooting a 66 and Morgan finishing with a 68.

In the playoff, Watson and Morgan both two-putted for par on the 442-yard 18th.

The tournament was shortened to 36 holes when rain washed out Saturday's play. Then play was suspended by more rain Sunday with 36 players still in the course. Play was then delayed another 5 hours Monday before finally getting started.

Watson started the final round on the back nine and was 8 under through six holes when play was stopped. He birdied the par-3 17th, then holed a short putt for a birdie on No. 3 to pull within a stroke of Morgan and Quigley.

He caught them with a 12-foot birdie putt on the par-4 fifth hole.

Jack Nicklaus, who designed the course and had suggested this could be his final tournament action on U.S. soil, shot a 73.

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