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May 18 2013

8:50 PM

Gillis planning on 'boring' approach

By Mike McAllister, PGATOUR.COM

IRVING, Texas -- Tom Gillis' approach to Sunday's final round of the HP Byron Nelson Championship?

Be as boring as possible.

The 44-year-old Gillis, seeking his first PGA TOUR win, will start the day just two shots off the lead held by Keegan Bradley. He's an unlikely contender this week, having missed the cut in his five previous starts and failing to post a top-20 finish in 11 starts.

But he's in solo third now and will go with the same gameplan on Sunday that has carried him for the first three rounds at TPC Four Seasons Resort.

"Just like I have all week, I've tried to make it as boring as I can, hit it in the center of the green and even if it's 25-, 30-feet, have a roll at it and go from there," Gillis said.

"Just make it very, very boring would be my way of going about it tomorrow."

Gillis was anything but boring on the 18th hole Saturday when he blasted out of a greenside bunker and into the cup for an unlikely birdie. When Bradley made bogey on the hole, Gillis climbed to within two shots of the lead at 11 under.

He knows it will be tough to catch Bradley, but perhaps his calm, boring approach will pay off.

"The key tomorrow is to give yourself a lot of opportunities and see if you can probably put a good one on it," he said. "Keegan is playing pretty good, but you got to play 'em all, see how it shakes out."

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