Quigley went through rehab, but the drinking didn't stop for good until Feb. 1, 1989. After a day of golf and drinking at his adopted home course of West Palm Beach Municipal, Quigley was driving on I-95 to meet his buddies at a bar when he had an epiphany. "I don't know why, but I thought, What am I doing? I pulled over and decided, That's it, man. I've had enough."
Then, in '92, through his friendship with fellow New Englander Brad Faxon, he met sports psychologist Bob Rotella. "I told him, 'Look out when I turn 49, because I'm coming to see you,' " says Quigley. Sure enough, in '96 Quigley spent three days with Rotella. After the session he won five times in 11 starts on the PGA Tournament Series in Florida. The next year he earned his Senior tour exemption by Monday-qualifying for the Northville Long Island Classic and beating Jay Sigel in a three-hole playoff for the title. He hasn't looked back.
Quigley remains more Stuart Smalley than Tony Robbins. Ask him about being No. 3 on the money list, and he's quick to answer: "I don't feel like I belong among the top players. I'm a schlepper, a club pro, and I'll always be a club pro. Everybody says I'm too self-effacing, but it keeps me working hard. Of course, for me, this isn't work."
Faldo Seeks Out Slammin' Sam
Nick Faldo hadn't had much luck with icons. In 1992 he made a pilgrimage to Fort Worth, Texas, to ask for Ben Hogan's advice on how to win the U.S. Open, and the great man had told him, "Shoot the lowest score." So he wasn't sure what to expect when he called on Sam Snead recently.
Faldo (right) has long admired Snead's fluid, powerful swing, and went to Hot Springs, Va., to learn what he calls Snead's "absolute musts, the key things he thinks about and feels during the swing." In the process he also learned that Hogan and Snead were very different men.
"It was a great day," says Faldo. "Sam is very generous. As he was why he was able to generate so much speed with a such a compact action. I really feel as if I've been given some gems."
Faldo says that he will put the insights gleaned from the visit into an expanded edition of his instruction book, A Swing for Life. It should be noted, however, that he didn't ask Snead how to win the Open.