Tom Gillis was one of many players who struggled in the tough conditions at Oak Hill East Course at last week’s Senior PGA Championship, and after finishing his second round on a total of nine-over par, the 50-year-old made the ill-fated decision to pack up his things and fly home to Michigan.
Gillis had been three shots outside of the cut line when he decided to head back to Detroit, but on landing, the veteran golfer learned that the cut line had moved to nine-over par meaning Gillis had made the weekend.
Faced with the option to either fly back to Rochester for round three or take a WD, Gillis chose the latter.
Speaking to the Detroit News, Gillis made it clear that the option of returning to the course was never in his plans, choosing to enjoy his Memorial weekend with family instead.
After being assessed a WD, Gillis will receive last place money for his week in Rochester, although it will not count towards the official Champions Tour money list.