Fran Quinn makes a splash at Pinehurst
By Bernie D'Amato under US Open
The journeyman. ©USGA/Steven Gibbons.

The journeyman. ©USGA/Steven Gibbons.

Fran Quinn is an unexpected name on the first page of the leaderboard at the U.S. Open. He is tied for second place with 2010 U.S. Open champ Graeme McDowell, Kevin Na, and Brendon de Jonge. The quartet is three strokes behind leader Martin Kaymer.

Quinn is a journeyman golfer, who has made a living on the Web.com Tour. He played well enough on the Web.com to earn his PGA Tour card twice, but never made any fireworks once he got to the Tour.

At Pinehurst, Fran’s 15-year-old son, Owen, is caddying for him, and the father-son pair could not be happier. Fran made sure to give credit to his son, “He did a terrific job. He’s got such a great disposition. He’s positive and he understands the game of golf. And he’s an athlete. He knows how to compete.”

Owen has caddied about 10 professional events for his father, and said it all comes down to putting, “I knew he could put anything together, string anything together. He’s playing great golf right now. It was a matter of making the putts. He’s a ball-striking machine. Whether he rolled them in or not was how it was going to go, and they all went our way today.”

Fran will look to keep the putter going so he can celebrate Father’s Day at Pinehurst, “I’m 49 years old, it’s Father’s Day weekend, I’ve got my boy on the bag. My dad passed away two years ago, and I know he’s looking down today. And it’s just a tremendous feeling.”

–Bernie D’Amato