McMillan won't give up

KIRK PENTON -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 7:04 AM ET

It's been another year and another failed attempt at qualifying for the PGA Tour.

Rob McMillan isn't about to give up, however.

"I'll be golfing," the Winnipegger said when asked what he'll be up to next summer. "I'm not sure when or where, but I'll be golfing."

McMillan bowed out of the PGA Tour Qualifying Tournament at the first stage in Texas last month. He shot 76-70-69-75 and finished tied for 36th. He needed to be among the top 23 finishers, but he missed that mark by three shots.

"I didn't play terrible," said McMillan, who's doing a whole lot of nothing these days. "I just didn't play well enough. It sucks, but what are you going to do?"

McMillan hated playing on the Bermuda grass at the Lantana Golf Club.

"I struggled around the greens," he said. "Bermuda is not my favourite. That's not an excuse, but the majority of the guys who got through were from Texas."

FAILED TO EARN JOB

It marked the seventh time in McMillan's pro career that he failed to earn a job with the big boys. He has been knocked out at the first stage three times and the second stage twice. He qualified for the third and final stage in 2000 and 2002, but he failed to finish among the top 35.

There are many more golfers who have longer droughts than McMillan. And he'll be celebrating only his 29th birthday in a few weeks.

Ever heard of Mike Weir? He went to Q-school six times before finally winning the thing in 1998. Five years after that, Tiger Woods was slipping a green jacket over Weir's shoulders.

So that means there is always hope, and McMillan has plenty of it.

"I played well early in the year and not so well towards the end," McMillan said. "If I could just reverse that ..."

His old college foe, Tiger Woods, is undergoing a swing change this winter, but McMillan believes he doesn't need to do anything of that sort to get over the Q-school hump in 2005.

"I need to tweak some things, but I don't need to revamp the entire thing," he said. "If I wasn't close I would do something like that. I'm not far off."

McMillan shot out of the gates on the Canadian Tour this season with three top-seven finishes and $30,345 in earnings through his first five events. After that, however, he finished no better than 19th and missed three cuts in the last four events of the season. He ended up 12th on the CanTour money list with $38,130.

McMillan will return to the Canadian Tour in 2005, but he plans to attend more Monday qualifiers on the Nationwide Tour -- if he can dig up the cash to do so.

CHIP SHOTS: The CanTour is expected to announce a new commissioner -- one who has a sports marketing background -- soon. Outgoing commish Ian Mansfield is resigning.


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