Gillis notches first Nationwide victory
Monday, February 14, 2011
BRIDGEPORT, W.Va. – Tom Gillis shot 70 in the final round of the Nationwide Tour Players Cup to win by three strokes Sunday.
Gillis, who began the day with a one-shot lead, stretched his advantage to five shots midway through the round at the Pete Dye Golf Club.
The lead dropped to two after a double-bogey, but Gillis steadied himself down the stretch with four closing pars to keep Cameron Percy (68) and Roger Tambellini (68) at bay.
Gillis finished at 15-under 273 and collected $108,000, vaulting him from No. 108 to No. 10 on the money list
“This gives me a start to what I want to do and that’s being in the top 25 and graduate back to the PGA Tour,” said Gillis, who played on Tour in 2003 and 2005. “I wish we were done right now.”
The victory was the first of the season for Gillis.
“I felt like I’ve been playing pretty good for the last two months,” he said. “I just kept reminding myself to keep my head on, stay calm and let it come to me.”