Keeping his eye on the game, off leaderboard
It was something that Michael Gligic had never tried in a tournament before.
Paying absolutely no attention to the leaderboards worked so well for him last week — that, and a new hot putter — that he will be using both again at this week’s Web.com event, the Lecom Health Challenge at the Peek’N Peak Resort in Findley Lake, N.Y., not far from Erie, Penn.
The Burlington native fired rounds of 68-70-67-70 for a 275 total that left him tied for eighth, just three shots off the lead at the Web.com’s Nashville Golf Open.
Although Gligic has status on the Web.com this year, he’s so far down the rankings that he’s hardly played in any events. He was given a sponsor’s exemption last week and made the most of it.
Gligic said he recently had a chat with Dan McCarthy, last year’s runaway Order of Merit winner in Canada.
“He told me that last year in Canada he never looked at the leaderboards. He just played,” said Gligic.
“He was never looking at how many shots behind or ahead he was.”
Gligic realized that he was constantly looking at the leaderboards, particularly on Fridays.
“I was looking at the cutline instead of where the leader was,” he said. And that leads to bad habits.
“I’d be five under and the cutline would be two-under, and I’d think, ‘OK, I’ve got three shots to play with.’ You’re playing to not make mistakes that way.”
By not worrying about missing the cut, Gligic had his best Web.com finish of the year and was within two or three shots of the lead most of the weekend.
He also gives some credit to a new Odyssey putter he put in his bag.
Because he hasn’t played much on the Web.com Tour this year, Gligic has a lot of catching up to do if he hopes to accomplish his goal of earning one of the 25 PGA Tour cards that will be handed out at the end of the year.
By finishing in the top-25 at Nashville, he’s automatically in this week’s tournament at Peek’N Peak where’s counting on another good finish to get him into the field in Utah the following week.
After Utah, the Tour does a reshuffle and Gligic is confident that he will move up enough to get into the remaining events this season.
He knows it will be a grind playing in the final six or seven events but he figures that’s what it will take to get into the top 25 or the top 75 who make the Web.com Tour playoffs. WHOLE-IN-ONE: Greg Karfor on the 125-yard 17th hole at Willow Valley with a pitching wedge.
Michael Gligic fired rounds of 68-70-67-70 for a 275 total that left him tied for eighth, just three shots off the lead, at the Web.com’s Nashville Golf Open.