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The Tour Report

July 10 2011

1:38 PM

Rookie bounces back big

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Matt McQuillan shared the first-round lead at TPC Deere Run.
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Matt McQuillan, the q-school grad who hadn't made a cut in six months, is back in the top 10 after a disappointing backslide in the third round. He had shot rounds of 64-69 to earn a late tee time for the weekend.

The rookie took 32 putts on Saturday to slide off the board, but four early birdies Sunday have the Canadian back in the top 10 as he chases his biggest check (by far) on TOUR. He'd missed 10 cuts in a row since the season opener.

And to think ... he almost left the game behind. His stints on the Canadian Tour were not going well, so he packed up and went home to Ontario.

"I took two years off and worked locally in my hometown, and after about a year working I realized golf wasn't too bad," McQuillan said. "I was a bartender/server. So yeah, it was good to take a good break and realize how great playing golf is, and I was able to find a supporter, and they were able to get me back out on TOUR playing."