Martin Piller caddies for wife Gerina at Navistar
Thursday, September 15, 2011
PRATTVILLE, Ala. – It’s not unusual for husbands to caddie for their wives on the LPGA. What makes the Pillers unique is that hubby Martin plays full time on the PGA Tour. Gerina Piller, who like Martin is a rookie this year, put her other half to work this week at the Navistar LPGA Classic.
“For me, it’s more of a security blanket,” said Gerina. “I can tell him anything I’m feeling, and he has my back.”
The couple tied the knot in Texas last January and have played full seasons on their respective tours. Martin won’t let Gerina loop because his bag is too heavy, and he doesn’t want to take away income from his full-time looper. Gerina, however, has employed five caddies already this season and wanted to take advantage of Martin’s week off.
Martin has played 19 events on the PGA Tour in 2011 and made six cuts, earning $130,158. The Navistar LPGA Classic marks Gerina’s 11th event. She’s currently 64th on the money list with $89,601.
The couple plays out of The Honors Golf Club in Dallas, and they know each other’s games well. Martin said his bride’s swing always has been solid from a physical standpoint. This year he has watched her grow mentally.
Last month in Canada, Gerina followed a 66 with an abysmal 77 in Round 3. Martin, who was spectating from outside the ropes, was impressed by how quickly she bounced back.
“I’ve seen less and less panic in her,” Martin said. Gerina rebounded with a final-round 69 and tied for 18th, a $26,000 paycheck that kept her safely inside the top 80.