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Quad City Classic
Oaklands Country Club
Coal Valley, Ill

9th - 12th July 1998

Par 70 Prize Money $1.5 million

Final Round Report

Jones' putter wins him eighth Tour title

Associated Press

Coal Valley, Ill. 12th July 1998 - Steve Jones says his putter hasn't worked well for him this year.

It was just that putter that won him the Quad City Classic today with a 17-under 263 that gave him a one-stroke victory over Scott Gump.

Jones won his eighth PGA Tour title by draining a 25-foot putt for eagle on No. 6 and making a long par putt on the par-3 12th after his tee shot forced him to chip to the green.

"I had the putter going my way. I was 4-under-par (on the front nine) with a bogey," said Jones, the 1996 U.S. Open champion. "The key was probably 12, when I got up and down and made about a 20-footer for par and kept my momentum going."

He started the final round in a four-way tie for third, three strokes behind leader David Toms, who was defending his first championship. Jones birdied No. 1 with a 25-foot putt, drained putts of six and four feet on Nos. 3 and 4 for birdie, and made a 15-foot putt on No. 11 for his only birdie on the back nine in a 4-under-par 66.

He earned $279,000 for the win, his first since winning the Bell Canadian Open in September.

Gump, who birdied No. 18 when his approach shot put him within two feet, had a 68 for 264. He was trying to become the seventh first-time winner on tour this year and the third in as many weeks.

Kenny Perry shot a 68 and was third at 265.

Toms had a final-round 71 and was fourth, another stroke back. His tee shot on No. 16 left him an unplayable lie under a tree and he double-bogeyed to drop from one stroke behind Jones to three.

"I had a chance to win but didn't capitalize on it," Toms said.

Brad Fabel, Fred Funk, Scott McCarron and D.A. Weibring all tied for fifth at 13 under.

Jones eagled No. 6 when he drained a 25-foot putt and he salvaged par on No. 12 with a long putt after his tee shot rolled off the green, forcing him to chip up.

"I had the putter going my way," Jones said. "It's a big boost for me because I have not been putting well all year."

His other birdies came on a 25-foot putt at No. 1, a six-foot putt after a sand wedge to three feet on No. 3 and a 15-foot putt on No. 11.

Jones said the victory is particularly sweet because he was able to play smart - and patient. A motorcycle accident in 1992 and an injury to his left forefinger in 1995 while ripping up a backyard putting carpet forced him to rethink his game, he said.

"The thing I was trying to do all week, I was just trying to be patient," Jones said. "I've been really impatient with my game lately."

He was leaving Coal Valley immediately after the tournament for a flight to the British Open.

Casey Martin shot a final-round 69 and finished at 4-under 276. It was enough for him to earn his first PGA check -- $3,178 -- since his landmark lawsuit for the right to ride carts in PGA tournaments because of a circulation problem in his leg that makes walking painful.

"I played well the last few days. I just didn't score well," said Martin, whose bogeys for the weekend included a 30-yard drive off the 18th tee Saturday. "I know I can play with these guys. I just didn't show what I've got."

He said he is returning to the Nike Tour, where he hopes to finish within the top 15 to earn a 1999 PGA playing card.

Sunday's best round was a 6-under 64 by Scott Verplank, who finished at 12-under 268.

 

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