Peter Tomasulo wasn’t going to miss the Nationwide Tour Championship at Daniel Island – even if it meant playing with a broken bone in his foot, wearing a sandal, and walking 72 holes with a cane. The 29-year-old has one victory this season and $220,712 in total earnings. He has most likely wrapped up his PGA Tour card for the 2011 season, but he’s not taking any chances.
Tomasulo was forced to withdraw from the Chattanooga Classic three weeks ago after injuring his right foot in a pick-up game of basketball. This is his first event since the injury.
The doctors gave him the ok to play just before he left Long Beach, Calif. Monday for the year’s final event. The Nationwide Tour Championship is a tournament Tomasulo said he didn’t want to miss.
“It shows that you have worked hard all year,” Tomasulo said of qualifying for the limited field event. “I’m a pretty competitive person… The doctors said I can’t really hurt it any worse than it already is. It’s pretty painful.”
Despite the injury and layoff, Tomasulo is T-33 after an opening round 72. When he swings he puts his weight on the toe of his right foot with his heel lifted off the ground, but says that it’s not the swing that bothers him. The part he struggles with is the walking – and he has 54 more holes to go.
The good news is that as long as Tomasulo, who ranks 18th on the money list, makes it back to the clubhouse on Sunday and turns in his card without withdrawing or getting disqualified, he should earn enough money to finish the year inside the top-25. Then, he’s going to need his dancing shoes. Because after the post-tournament ceremony for the graduates, Tomasulo’s going to the big dance.