A week spent at home and a refreshed attitude went a long way for Kingston’s Matt McQuillan on Thursday.
The 30 year-old fired an opening 64 (7 under par) at the PGA Tour’s John Deere Classic in Silvis, Illinois. That earned him a share of 2nd place with Davis Love III and Steve Marino. Kris Blanks leads at 8 under par.
McQuillan’s round included seven birdies and a chip-in eagle on the second hole, balanced by bogies on the 1st and 3rd holes on the TPC Deere Run course.
The hot start follows a bit of time spent at home for McQuillan where he worked on getting his ball flight a little higher and spent some time with friends and family at a Tragically Hip concert on Canada Day. McQuillan and the popular Canadian band share the same representation.
It also marks a turn-around – McQuillan has not made a PGA Tour cut since his very first event of the Tour season, at the Sony Open in Hawaii in January. The 10 straight missed cuts have been frustrating for the former top Canadian Junior but he has done his best to stay patient. This week he is trying to be less tentative and just go ahead and play go without thinking of the circumstances.
So far it seems to be paying off.
He will tee off at 3:05 EST on Friday is pursuit of the cut line, and a whole lot more.
The John Deere Classic features a $4.5 million purse with $792,000 and a two-year tour exemption going to the winner.