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The Tour Report

October 13 2011

7:22 PM

Late bogey doesn't discourage Piller

By Chris Dunham, PGATOUR.COM ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. -- Martin Piller’s opening round was bookended by bogeys, but everything was going his way in between the two miscues. The 2010 Nationwide Tour graduate, who checks in at No. 202 on the money list, posted his lowest mark on the PGA TOUR with Thursday’s 6-under 64, that has him one shot off the pace after the first round of the McGladrey Classic. “I was just hitting pretty good shots and started making putts,” Piller said. “I made a couple long ones, 20-, 30-footers … It was just going my way, which is nice because it hasn’t gone my way a lot this year. So it’s nice when it goes my way.” After his opening bogey, Piller made three birdies to turn at 2 under. He heated up on the back nine, starting with back-to-back-to-back birdies and adding two more at Nos. 15 and 16. Piller was tied atop the leaderboard on No. 18. He hit his tee shot in the fairway, but missed the green well to the right before pitching up and two-putting from 56 feet to save bogey. “I don't want to sit here and make excuses, but I was hitting my irons super good today, and that shot was uncharacteristic,” Piller said. “I felt good over it, and that was uncharacteristic I would say.” Good play in the Peach State is certainly not uncharacteristic for Piller. The rookie won in Athens on the Nationwide Tour last year en route to earning his TOUR card for 2011.