Garrett Willis put himself in position for his first Nationwide Tour victory of the year, shooting a bogey-free 5-under 67 Saturday at the WNB Golf Classic at Midland (Texas) Country Club.
Willis stands at 5-under 200, two shots better than J.J. Killeen (66) and Brendan Steele (68).
“I wanted to come out here and make no bogeys,” said Willis. “I knew the guys coming out here early were going to go pretty low and I felt if I could make some birdies I could hang out around the lead.”
Willis, currently 19th on the Nationwide Tour money list, lost in a playoff in his first Nationwide event of the year, the Panama Digicel Championship. He also finished third at the South Georgia Classic in late April.
Willis, winner of the 2001 Touchstone Energy Tucson Open on the PGA Tour and the Nationwide’s 2005 Envirocare Utah Classic, missed only his second Nationwide cut of the year last week at the Albertsons Boise Open.
In six PGA Tour events this year, Willis has made the cut three times including a T-11 at the Valero Texas Open.