(JACKSONVILLE, Fla.) – Martin Piller, one of Team Secret Golf’s newest professionals, sunk a 10-foot par putt on the final hole for a one-stroke victory over Brandon Harkins at the Web.com Tour’s Ellie Mae Classic near Hayward, Calif. Piller’s final-round 64 at the TPC Stonebrae allowed him to come from three shots off the pace and register his sixth career victory on the circuit, his first triumph on the PGA Tour’s developmental Tour since the 2015 Digital Ally Open.
Piller moved within one victory of fellow Team Secret Golf member Jason Gore’s total for the most in the history of the Web.com Tour. The win also catapulted the 31-year-old Texan from 105th into the 24th position on the 2017 season earnings list and, should he remain among the top 25 money-winners at the end of the regular season, he would earn an exemption on the PGA Tour for 2017-18.
“This year has been a really tough year. I missed four straight cuts in a row not too long ago. It just shows you how crazy this game is. Sometimes I wonder, like, ‘Why did I choose to be a golfer? Why couldn’t I have developed an app or something?’ But there are a lot of emotions right now and I’m just proud,” said Piller whose wife, Gerina, plays on the LPGA Tour and is also on Team Secret Golf.
“Congratulation to Martin. It’s been an up-and-down year, but one thing about golf, good players never forget how to win,” said Steve Elkington, the co-founder of Secret Golf and a 10-time winner on the PGA Tour, including the 1995 PGA Championship and both the 1991 and 1997 Players Championship. “We look forward to the debut of Martin’s Player Channel soon and golf fans will get to find out more about him.”
Piller’s win near San Francisco on Sunday was the fourth this year by a member of Team Secret Golf and was the third triumph for the 17-member team of Tour professionals in the past three months. In November last year, Pat Perez won the OHL Classic at Mayakoba in Mexico while Brian Harman claimed his first PGA Tour title at the Wells Fargo Championship in early May and Jason Dufner notched his fifth Tour victory at The Memorial in early June.
Team Secret Golf features 17 professionals, including former major champions Jackie Burke, Jr., Elkington, Brittany Lang and Stacy Lewis, and now has claimed 111 events collectively on the PGA Tour, LPGA Tour and Web.com Tour.
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