2014 US Open: Who is Fran Quinn?
This Northwestern alum is playing really at the US Open this week but nobody knows who he is.
Who is Fran Quinn?
You will likely hear a lot of answers to that question this weekend if form holds so let's take a minute to dive in real quick.
Though he sounds like a character on a really terrible Lifetime film he's actually holding his own at the 114th US Open Championship.
Playing in just his fourth US Open ever (and first since 1996) Quinn shot 68-74 and is just 2 over (though 12 back of leader Martin Kaymer) heading to the weekend.
He's beating Jim Furyk by a stroke, Ernie Els by two, Bill Haas by two, and Bubba Watson, Hunter Mahan, and Jason Dufner by four.
So where did Quinn come from? Well, Quinn is a lifetime Web.com Tour player who has barely scratched out a living on that circuit.
Fran Quinn has made $197,218 on the PGA Tour in his career, which dates back to 1988. 173 players have made that much this season alone.— Justin Ray (@JustinRayGC) June 13, 2014
On Thursday after his 68 his wife said it was a thrill to watch.
"It’s days like today that keep him going," she said.
Her husband agreed on Friday even after a 74.
"I think anybody who has played the game for 20, 25 years, four or five times in their career, always thought about not playing anymore," said Quinn.
"I play because I love the game. I know that I have the ability to compete. I love competing. And I love the challenge every day of going out and trying to beat the best players in the world."
Quinn is a Northwestern graduate (class of 1987) and actually has eight professional wins. But you have to think a top 10 or better this weekend at the US Open with his 15-year-old son caddying for him would be his career highlight.
"It's surreal," he said. "To be able to have your 15 year old out with you, walking on the biggest stage in the world. We've talked about it and he's handled it far better than I would have at 15 years old."
Happy Father's Day, indeed.
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