Just as his week at the McGladrey Classic looked like it might end of a sour note PGA Tour rookie Matt McQuillan bolstered his scorecard with three consecutive birdies late on Friday afternoon to earn him two more rounds of play. It was critical for McQuillan to make the weekend as he currently sits in 132nd spot on the PGA Tour Money List. Only the top 125 players will retain full tour status for 2012 after completion of next week’s Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Classic.
The Kingstonian was among the group of Canadian pros that will all be collecting paycheques on Sunday at the second last PGA Tour event of the 2011 season. Stephen Ames, Adam Hadwin, David Hearn, and Richard Scott also made the cut. Ames and Hearn are tied for 17th place at 4 under par while Hadwin and Scott are part of a group in 57th place at 1 under par.
McQuillan followed up his opening round of one under par, 69, with a 68 on Friday to finish at three under par. That puts him in a share of 27th place to start round three. That is remarkable considering that he was languishing near the cutline of the top 70 players and ties with just four holes to play. Consecutive birdies on the 15th through 17th holes pushed him up the leaderboard in a big way.
Matt’s other birdie on the day was an unlikely 56 footer from just off the 4th green that earned him some television time.
McQuillan will tee off at 10:27 a.m. on Saturday alongside former United States Amateur Champion Colt Knost.