When the Phoenix Coyotes struck a sponsorship deal for the 2008 PGA Tour season with rising star Jeff Quinney some might have wondered why the organization would place their logo on a golfer. After Quinney's fantastic start to the season, no one is questioning this decision any more.
The magic started at famed Riviera Country Club in Los Angeles when Quinney went toe-to-toe with Phil Mickelson on the way to a second place finish at the Northern Trust Open. With a hole-in-one on CBS’ national coverage of this event, he announced to the golf world that he had arrived.
Fast forward to May and suddenly you could not watch a big golf event without seeing Jeff Quinney on the front page of the leaderboard. The Phoenix Coyotes logo was getting more airtime on NBC than any NHL team that was not still alive in the playoffs. Quinney attacked the TPC in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida with a winners mentality on the way to a third place finish that would earn him another massive payday.
The only question that remains is when Jeff Quinney will earn his first victory on the PGA Tour, not if. Some might even say he is the best player on tour that has not won a tournament.
So when will Quinney put four fantastic ball striking rounds together that result in a first place finish? How about the upcoming U.S. Open at Torrey Pines in San Diego?
This is a course that Jeff is very familiar and comfortable on, so even with the brutal USGA alterations that have made this the longest track in Open history, he will head to the 1st tee this Thursday with a ton of confidence.
In 2007, he shot a first round 64 on the way to a 7th place finish, but even Jeff knows that scores like that are going to be few and far between in this prestigious event.
The mind set is simple at the U.S. Open; stay out of the rough to avoid double and triple bogeys, be aggressive on the easier holes, and be patient. This is a physical and mental marathon unlike any other golf event.
A calm demeanor and smooth swing should have Jeff in the hunt when NBC goes primetime with its golf coverage.
Just before he departed for San Diego, PhoenixCoyotes.com tracked down Jeff for an interview to talk about his strong 2008 season, and what it would mean to win the U.S. Open. Matt Rosen 1-on-1 with Jeff Quinney