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Tom Gillis

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (49) / 7/16/1968
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 200

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Tom Gillis kept his foot on the gas with a 3-under-par 33-35=68 during round two of the John Deere Classic, posting the early clubhouse lead at 10-under 132.
The course horse co-led with Andrew Loupe after round one (finished earlier this afternoon thanks to weather delays). He opened on the back nine and swallowed a bogey at the par-4 13th after missing a 5'3" par-saving attempt but played blemish-free 4-under for the remaining 17 holes. The 48-year-old split 10 (of 14) fairways but hit five fewer greens (12), round-over-round. His decline in iron play is the culprit for the scoring decline, but he'll still be very pleased to enter the weekend at 10-under. With both rounds under his belt, he also won't have to worry about playing 36 holes in one day tomorrow. Fri, Aug 12, 2016 07:36:00 PM

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Tom Gillis bombarded TPC Deere Run with a 7-under-par 33-31=64 during the weather-stricken first round of the John Deere Classic, joining Andrew Loupe with a share of the early lead.

A year removed from losing to Jordan Spieth in a playoff, the 48-year-old is back for revenge in Silvis, Illinois. This time Spieth is not in attendance as he opted not to return for his title defense out of respect for the Olympics. Gillis is certainly happy about that decision as he traded eight birdies with a lone bogey during his two-day opening round. The biggest asset was his flat stick as he splashed home eight putts from outside six feet, including a 29'7" birdie bomb at the par-5 10th hole. Gillis will get a quick rest before heading right back out to the course for round two.
Fri, Aug 12, 2016 02:31:00 PM

After a two-year-hiatus from the tournament, Tom Gillis returns for his sixth playing of the Valero Texas Open.

The 47-year-old failed to meet the terms of his Minor Medical Extension so reverted to conditional status for the rest of 2015-16 from finishing 50th on the 2015 Tour Finals' money list. He's 1-for-5 on the season with three missed cuts, one mid-touney WD, and a T70/MDF at the AT&T Pebble Beach. Gillis has also sprinkled in three events in 2016 on the junior circuit, missing two cuts and cashing a T28 three weeks ago in Brazil. He's 2-for-3 at TPC San Antonio with a T9 in 2010 and progressively worse finishes of T35 in 2012 and a missed cut in 2013.
Wed, Apr 20, 2016 07:08:00 PM

At 2-over-par 72-72=144, Tom Gillis will miss the cut at The RSM Classic.

Hey, he didn't withdraw from this one! Gillis had strung together three WDs, the last two weeks ago in Mississippi during the weather delay as he wasn't going to make the cut. This week in Georgia, he erased five birdies with four bogeys and a triple. He now has only two starts remaining on his Minor Medical Extension to bank $107,916 or 66.85 FedExCup points for a promotion to the Major Medical category. The 47-year-old is already eligible for conditional status should he fail to meet the terms of the medical.
Fri, Nov 20, 2015 04:16:00 PM

Tom Gillis withdrew from the Sanderson Farms Championship after play was suspended by lightning today.

Gillis has one hole to play to complete his second round, but at even par through 35 and three strokes outside the current cut line, he made the executive decision to split. Not only does it make sense in the context of the virtual certainty that he'd miss the cut, but Saturday's weather forecast is terrible. Officially, it's his sixth mid-tournament WD in 177 PGA TOUR starts. While it's his first since the 2012 Wyndham Championship, Gillis has withdrawn during his last three starts, the first two of which during the Tour Finals. So, he'll now have three starts on his Minor Medical Extension to earn $107,916 or 66.85 FedExCup points and a promotion to the Major Medical category.
Fri, Nov 6, 2015 07:11:00 PM

Tom Gillis opened his 2015-16 season with a 1-over-par 36-37=73 in Thursday's opening round of the Sanderson Farms Championship.

He was in our crosshairs due to mid-tournament withdrawals in the final two events of the Tour Finals. Alas, the only nugget worth relaying about his return is that he connected from 53 feet, seven inches for birdie at the par-3 10th hole. He totaled 14 greens in regulation and simply didn't pay them off. Since he's beginning his season on a Minor Medical Extension, we'll continue to follow as long as it's active, but by no means are you encouraged to invest.
Fri, Nov 6, 2015 02:56:00 AM

Tom Gillis is slated to compete in next week's Sanderson Farms Championship.

He's a man of his word, at least for now. Gillis left the Tour Finals after the first round of the Tour Championship. He shot 75 and wasn't sniffing one of the 25 PGA TOUR cards up for grabs. He then circled the SFC to get back at it. While armed with conditional status this season, Gillis also has a Minor Medical Extension affording four starts to bank $107,916 or 66.85 FedExCup points and get promoted to the Major Medical category. He received the medical as a result of missing time in 2014-15 due to a shoulder injury.
Fri, Oct 30, 2015 06:13:00 PM

Tom Gillis withdrew from the Tour Championship following his opening round.

He gave it 18 holes before bolting for home. "I’ve played 11 tournaments in 13 weeks and I’m tired," he said after a 5-over-par 36-39=75 and relayed by the PGA TOUR's media department. "I want to see my family. I’ll be back for the tournament in Jackson (Mississippi)." The Sanderson Farms Championship is scheduled for Nov. 5-8. For finishing 142nd in the FedExCup standings in 2014-15, Gillis will have conditional status next season. He went just 8-for-16 with one top 25, but it was a biggie, losing in a playoff at the John Deere Classic. Meanwhile, because he was sidelined for three months with an injury in his left shoulder, the 47-year-old will also have a Minor Medical Extension providing four starts to earn $107,916 or 66.85 FedExCup points and a promotion to the Major Medical category.
Thu, Oct 1, 2015 08:02:00 PM

Tom Gillis gears up for TPC Sawgrass at this week's Tour Championship.

The former PGA TOUR member finished T21 at Dye’s Valley Course last year, so he's no stranger to this week's venue. His playoff loss to Jordan Spieth at this year's John Deere Championship went a long way toward securing conditional status for the 2015-16 season. Gillis enters the week 31st on the Tour Finals money list, and a jump up six spots or more would secure full PGA TOUR status and help the veteran fill out his schedule next season.
Tue, Sep 29, 2015 10:35:00 PM

Tom Gillis front-loaded his 5-under-par 65 in today's opening round of the Wyndham Championship.

The 47-year-old turned in respective nines of 30 and 35 at Sedgefield today. His outward half included five birdies, the longest falling from 15'7" at the par-4 second hole. He traded a birdie with a bogey coming in and sunk nothing longer than a par attempt from 16'5" at the par-4 14th. Gillis is likely going to need three more of these scores if he's going to qualify for the FedExCup Playoffs. He's 138th in points.
Thu, Aug 20, 2015 12:24:00 PM

Tom Gillis has been removed from the published field of this week's Quicken Loans National.

At 129th in the FedExCup standings, his is easily the most curious decision today. Then again, he's owned his schedule all year, so we'll give him the benefit of the doubt as golf fans, but we can't take on the risk as fantasy gamers. His playoff loss at the John Deere Classic is his only top 10 in the last three years in PGA TOUR competition.
Mon, Jul 27, 2015 12:09:00 PM

Tom Gillis hung up a 7-under-par 30-34=64 in the final round of the John Deere Classic to post 20-under 264, later matched by Jordan Spieth, and then lost on the second playoff hole in sudden death.

Gillis began his final frame at 13-under (T6) and four back of 54-hole leader Spieth. The Tour grad peppered 13 (of 14) fairways and landed 13 greens in regulation, circling nine birdies, including six over his first eight holes. He squared two bogeys, the last coming at the par-3 16th, knocking him back to 20-under and into the eventual playoff. After the pair exchanged pars on the first playoff hole (par-4 18th), Gillis rinsed his approach on the second playing of the hole to open the door for Spieth. Making just his 12th start of the season, the 46-year-old was looking for his first PGA TOUR title in 172 starts. His runner-up matches the same result at the 2012 Honda Classic and is his first top 25 on TOUR in nearly 26 months. His previous best in four prior Deeres was T12 in 2003. As the top finisher inside the top five not already exempt for The Open Championship, Gillis stamped his ticket to St. Andrews.
Sun, Jul 12, 2015 05:35:00 PM

Tom Gillis sleepwalked to a bogey-free, 2-under-par 35-34=69 in today's third round of the John Deere Classic and has a three-day total of 13-under 200, four shots adrift of 54-hole leader Jordan Spieth.

Gillis began the day at 11-under (T2) and just one off the pace of 36-hole leader Justin Thomas. On his round, he striped 12 (of 14) fairways and hit 17 greens in regulation, but converted just two of those opportunities into par breakers. After opening his round with 10 consecutive two-putt pars, Gillis finally hit pay dirt at the 11th, converting from 6'8" for the birdie-3. The 46-year-old, playing in the penultimate pairing, missed his only GIR at the par-4 13th, but would get up-and-down to keep the scorecard clean. Four more two-putt pars followed, before rolling in a nine-footer for birdie at the last. Gillis, winless in 171 career starts on the PGA TOUR, is 194th in the FedExCup standings entering this week. His season-best (11 events) is T26 at the Open back in October.
Sat, Jul 11, 2015 10:26:00 PM

Tom Gillis turned in a 6-under-par 34-31=65 in today's second round of the John Deere Classic, reaching the midpoint in 11-under 131, one shot off Justin Thomas' overnight lead.

The cagey, ol' veteran burst out of the gates with birdies at Nos. 1 and 2 at TPC Deere Run today. Undeterred by a three-putt bogey-5 at the fifth hole, he galloped home with five birdies on his inward nine, the longest measuring just 11'1" at the par-4 14th hole. At last check, Gillis led the field in strokes gained: tee-to-green with an aggregate clip of 7.798. As long as he continues to knock it close and convert, he'll be dangerous. And since he has nothing to lose at this point of his career, it would be entertaining to see it happen.
Fri, Jul 10, 2015 07:36:00 PM

Tom Gillis submitted a 5-under-par 33-33=66 for his opening round of the John Deere Classic and sits three shots back of the clubhouse lead.

Gillis will turn 47 years of age one week from today, so he went ahead and celebrated a little early today. He exchanged seven birdies with two bogeys, one of which a three-putt from nearly 40 feet at the par-4 18th hole. Four of his birdies connected from outside 10 feet, including a zero-putt five-yarder at the par-5 10th where he began the day, and a conventional conversion from 16'1" at the par-5 17th. While he's still chasing his first top 10 at TPC Deere Run, Gillis is 4-for-4 on the track. He's long been known as a birdie machine, so it won't be surprising if he can stay locked in the rest of the way. Of course, he's also winless in 171 PGA TOUR starts, so he does have his limits.
Thu, Jul 9, 2015 02:10:00 PM