When he woke up this morning Kingston’s Matt McQuillan wasn’t even in the field for the PGA Tour’s Bob Hope Classic. As he puts his head to his pillow tonight he just two strokes off the lead after round one of the 90-hole Pro-am event. He is tied with a number of other golfers in 4th place.
The 29-year old was third alternate for the PGA Tour event as of Monday and only got into the 128 player field after 1986 Champion Donnie Hammond withdrew a couple hours before his tee time.
McQuillan, who was already on-site as he is using the condominium of a friend in Palm Springs as a home base, was more than eager to be the 4th Canadian in the Bob Hope field, joining Mike Weir, Stephen Ames, and Chris Baryla.
A front nine score of one under par on the Palmer course (1 of 4 in use in this tournament) did not hint at what was to come for McQuillan today. He tore through his back nine in six under par, a stretch that included four birdies and an eagle.
At a score of 65 McQuillan is two strokes back of leader Derek Lamely.
Round two for the Kingstonian will start at 9:33 a.m. local time in La Quinta on the Nicklaus Course.
Stephen Ames and Chris Baryla both finished at three under par on Wednesday while Mike Weir sits at even par.