Blog 227, 7/24/12 - Killmer's Hard Work Paid Dividends at Players Cup

Chris, first of all many congratulations. How did you feel going into the final round/nine holes? Were you especially nervous or were your able to keep a check on that?

I really felt great going into the final round, and was playing with a lot of confidence. I was tied for the lead on thirteen-under with Vince Cavello from Florida. Things went well on the front - I shot a level par 36 - and I was very comfortable heading into the back nine. I left a putt on the 11th half an inch short in the middle of the cup after watching Vince roll in a birdie. That hurt but it made me realize no one was going to give me the victory. I needed to play well and earn it. With an eagle three at the  next, I was three up with six holes remaining and felt like I could start putting the tournament away. I had some nerves certainly, but I don't consider that a bad thing necessarily. You just have to know how to handle them. Honestly, you don't get nerves when you're in the middle of the pack. You only get them when you have a chance to win and accomplish your goal. I was handling the situation pretty well. Narrowing my focus helped an allowed me to remain comfortable.

You missed the cut in your previous two events (Syncrude Boreal Open and Dakota Dunes Casino Open), so where did this come from?
This really came from years and years of hard work. Golf is a funny game, I had felt very good at the beginning of the week at Ft. McMurray (Syncrude Boreal Open) but shot 81, 74. I felt I did most things like I wanted to, but nothing really clicked. I didn't get anything out of my rounds. In Saskatoon (Dakota Dunes casino Open) everything felt a lot better, but my putter was ice ice cold. I couldn't make any putts, but I really did chip well and hit the ball solidly. I shot 75, 73 and missed the cut by  six. After that, I spent hours and hours every night practicing my putting and just trying to figure something out for the Players Cup.

Your putting obviously improved, but what else worked well in Winnipeg?
I think having a sound mental game was the reason I won. I was able to stay patient and confident throughout the whole week. That said, my putting was awesome! I made everything from five feet and in, and had only one three-putt the entire week. I hit a lot of greens but also hit great chips when I needed to get up and down. But the things that stick in my mind are my mental game and putting.

What does the victory mean for you now in terms of exemptions?
I honestly don't know what it will do for me as far as exemptions go, but I do know it's not going to hurt. I hope it can also help me get a few sponsors.
Editor's note - After a quick call to the Canadian Tour, we can tell Chris he has a two-year exemption into Canadian Tour events, and that if he finishes in the top two on the final Order of Merit (he is currently fifth on $27,596.25) he will be able to bypass the first stage of PGA Tour qualifying. Also, if he's in the top ten at the end of the season he bypasses local qualifying for next year's US Open.

Jessi Gebhardt had her second best result on the 2012 Symetra Tour this weekend, finishing tied for 26th at the Northeast Delta Dental International at Beaver Meadow GC in Concord, N.H. Rounds of 71, 77, and 71 saw the Bellingham native finish the tournament on three-over 219, eight behind winner Jenny Gleason. Gebhardt is now 66th on the Symetra Tour money list after eight starts. She begins a five-week stretch of golf with the Credit Union Classic at Drumlins CC in Syracuse, N.Y. this week.

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