It was not quite the Saturday he wanted but in the grand scheme of things it was not all that bad for PGA Tour rookie Matt McQuillan. The 30 year-old Kingston had to settle for a one under par score of 70 in the third round of the John Deere Classic, leaving him in a logjam at -10 with just one round to play. Unfortunately for McQuillan he did bogey two of his last three holes on Saturday, valuable shots in a tight-packed field where a single stroke can push you past or set you back ten players at a time.
In a tie for 14th position, every stroke will mean a big difference in McQuillan’s second paycheck of the 2011 PGA Tour season on Sunday. With a first place prize of $810,000 on the line tomorrow any finish inside the top 12 (with no ties) will secure him more than $100,000. His largest paycheck to date in his career was the $25,000 he earned for for share of 16th place at the 2010 PGA Tour Qualifying School.
McQuillan will tee off at 11:56 EST on Sunday in a twosome with 2-time United States Open Champion Lee Janzen.
The Kingstonian starts the last day a hefty ten strokes back of 2-time defending champion Steve Stricker who is two strokes clear of the field.