Stateline, NV (Sports Network) - Dan Quinn birdied three of his first seven
holes Sunday to pull ahead, then stretched his lead on the back nine to earn a
6-point victory over former NFL quarterback Mark Rypien in the American
Century Championship at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course.
Quinn finished with 66 points. Rypien was second with 60 points and Hall of
Fame quarterback John Elway finished third with 59 points. It was the fourth
win at the event for Quinn, a former NHL star who will caddie for Ernie Els at
next weeks Canadian Open. Els won the British Open earlier in the day.
Quinn, who collected $125,000 from a total purse of $600,000, started the day
three points behind second-round leader Rypien, who had 43 points after 54
holes. The event uses a Stableford scoring system that awards graduated points
for pars or better.
Billy Joe Tolliver finished fourth with 58 points; Romo was fifth with 56
points, and Joe Theismann was sixth with 53 points. Former MLB pitcher Mark
Mulder, who shared the first-round lead with defending champion Jack Wagner,
finished in seventh place with 52 points. Wagner slipped to eighth place with
At the half-way point, Quinn held a 52-50 lead over Rypien. The former hockey
player birdied the par-4 11th to move in front by four points over Rypien and
five points over Romo with three good scoring holes remaining; especially the
par-5 16th and 18th.
Quinn then made a 25-footer for birdie on 16 to close the door on his
"My thought was just to get that putt to the hole," said Quinn. "When I made
it I thought, 'Unless I did something crazy I looked pretty solid."
Romo failed to birdie the 16th and then took a double bogey on the final hole
to lose two points.
(Steve Griffith contributed to this story from Stateline, Nev.)
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