July 10 2011
Matt McQuillan has his passport, but he will also need a lot of luck to secure a spot in next week’s British Open.
He shot a final-round 64 and is the low man in the clubhouse at 17 under. Although he has a great chance to finish in the top five, he still finds himself five shots behind co-leader Kyle Stanley, who is also not exempt for next week’s major championship.
McQuillan said playing in the British Open hasn’t entered his mind, but if he qualified he would “be on the first plane over.”
The former Canadian Tour player took two years away from the game and worked as a bartended before returning to professional golf.
“It's been a long time coming, but I convinced myself I was working on the right things and it was going to click any day, and just happened to be this tournament,” McQuillan said.
Coming up in a couple of weeks for the Canadian? The RBC Canadian Open, held this year at Shaughnessy G&CC in Vancouver.