Since there was a lot of discussion about Jon Mills’ comments earlier this year that the leap to the PGA Tour might not be as great as it seems, I figured some would be intrigued at his take with four events left. His year has been MUCH better than his rookie season, but he’s still on the outside looking in.
Here’s a taste:
On a Saturday, when most people are pleased to be at home after a long week, Jon Mills was not thrilled about sitting around his Pennsylvania house talking about golf rather than playing it.
Mills, who hails from Oshawa, Ont., played passably at last week’s Turning Stone Resort Championship, but missed the cut. And missed cuts are missed opportunities for Mills, who is 142nd on the PGA Tour money list. The top 125 retain their playing privileges.
Mills, who has US$489,510 in earnings this year, has four tournaments to make enough money – likely another US$300,000 – to keep his card. He is playing this week in the Valero Texas Open, which starts Thursday.
While the 17 spots between Mills and the top 125 represent a hurdle, it is not overwhelming. Mills was in a tougher position during his first stint on the PGA Tour in 2006 when he only made a handful of cuts and won US$65,494 for the entire year.
“I pretty much needed to win to get my card that time,” he said. “I don’t need to do that – I just need a couple of good finishes.”
The full column is here.