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Brett Quigley could have some good golf karma coming his way

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After watching Tim Petrovic dump it in the lake on the 18th hole during the final round of the John Deere Classic, one would have assumed Brett Quigley would have been preparing for his trip to the British Open by doing a jig (or whatever dance they do over in Scotland) to commemorate his entrance into the event.

Quigley needed Petrovic to make at least bogey on the final hole to secure the final spot at Turnberry; and he got his wish. Petrovic made double and Quigley was in. Or so we thought.

Instead of taking the spot, Quigley ended up declining the chance to play in the British. Now at this point I’m sure you’re as steamed up as I was when Kenny Perry decided to do the same thing last year when he opted out of the British to play Stateside. But this time around I’m left wondering why there aren’t more people like Quigley in the world.

Here’s the report via PGA Tour’s morning Backspin:

He knows there are a “million reasons” to play at Turnberry. He knows that if he heard another player turn down the invite, his response would be, “How can you not go to the British?”

But as Quigley said, “It’s just not for me.”

Along with the mad scramble of re-arranging his schedule — his passport was still at his Florida home — Quigley wants to be with his family as he plays this week’s U.S. Bank Championship in Milwaukee. He has a pro-am obligation. And he wants to attend Beth Smith’s funeral on Tuesday to support his friend, Chris Smith, who lost his wife in a tragic automobile accident.

The guy is a class act. I know there are plenty of people out there who do this sort of thing all the time in the real world; but sometimes it means a bit more when it’s coming from someone who plays a professional sport and is constantly in the spotlight. Good on Brett for making the right decision. I’m sure the golf God’s will give him some positive karma during the Fall Finish.

Frenchman Thomas Levet will take Quigley’s spot in the British Open.

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Written by Jonathan Wall

07/13/2009 at 7:10 pm

Posted in British Open, PGA Tour

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