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Quinn: Father of three seeks fifth title

Steve Yingling

Being a scratch golfer, Dan Quinn doesn’t need too many gifts on the golf course.

But Rick Rhoden gave the retired NHL player a great present eight months before this week’s American Century Championship. Rhoden, a six-time champion, earned a conditional tour card for the Champions Tour, making him ineligible for the ACC.

As a four-time champion himself, Quinn is a huge favorite to hoist another championship trophy come Sunday. Harveys Resort & Casino lists Quinn, the winner of three of the past five tournaments, as a prohibitive favorite to capture his fifth title at 6-5. After Quinn, defending champion Billy Joe Tolliver and 2000 winner Al Del Greco are the nearest contenders at 5-1.

“Rick’s only won one of the last (six) anyways. There have been other guys win,” Quinn said.

The 41-year-old Quinn was mystified by his sixth-place performance last year as he finished 13 points behind Tolliver.

“Last year was just a weird year,” Quinn said. “I didn’t really play well last year, so I’m really looking forward to getting back at it this year.”

Aside from Lake Tahoe, celebrity golf hasn’t been as appealing to Quinn and many other ACC regulars. The championship-style tournaments have dwindled on the Celebrity Players Tour, leaving the stars smaller purses and too many team formats.

“It’s not a good product; it’s diluted,” Quinn said. “We lost our sponsorships and we stopped catering to good golf.

“There are too many Indians and not enough chiefs. In this tournament whatever NBC says, that’s the call.”

Quinn, however, really isn’t complaining about spending less time on the golf course. He and his wife, Debby, welcomed their first son, Jack, five weeks ago, giving them three children.

“We got lucky,” Quinn said. “We needed to do it now or not do it. I’m getting up there now (at 41).”

With a growing family Quinn has diversified his income portfolio.

“I don’t really have a job, but I have a real estate business now, so I’m doing different stuff other than golf,” he said.

Nine years from now, don’t be surprised to see Quinn trying to duplicate what the 53-year-old Rhoden did this past year by qualifying for the Champions Tour.

“I’m kind of in no-man’s land,” Quinn said. “I’m 41 and I’ve tried to get better. I think they are making it a little easier on the Senior Tour for guys like me to get out there.”

Until then, Quinn will try to raise the ACC trophy above his head as much as he can.

The oddsmakers don’t think he will have to wait long.

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