Archive for Monday, May 6, 2002

Rachels claims playoff win

Senior golfer Quigley second at Bruno’s Memorial Classic

May 6, 2002

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— Sammy Rachels was busy worrying about his playing partners Sunday in the Bruno's Memorial Classic. Dana Quigley just sneaked up on him.

Rachels made a 10-foot birdie putt on the second hole of a playoff with Quigley, earning $210,000 for his first victory of the season and third on the Senior PGA Tour.

"I didn't even know about Dana until I was on the 17th hole. I looked over there and said, 'Where'd he come from?"' Rachels said.

Rachels closed with a 5-under 67 to match Quigley at 15-under 201, outdistancing more high-profile playing partners Hale Irwin and Larry Nelson.

Rachels holed the winning putt on the 17th hole after Quigley missed an 18-footer and tapped in for par. Both players birdied the 18th hole to begin the playoff.

Rachels raised his hands in the air an instant before his winning putt went in the hole.

"It probably won't get any better than this," said Rachels, who was celebrating his 31st wedding anniversary with wife Pia.

Rachels followed a scorching second-round 64 with three straight birdies as the sun finally came out in a tournament delayed three times by rain. The paycheck nearly matched Rachels' earnings in 123 events on the PGA Tour ($226,796). He hadn't finished in the top 20 in his last five tourneys.

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