Gillis, who finished 72 holes tied with Spieth at 20 under par, lost to the world No. 2 on the second extra hole, a bittersweet loss for both the veteran and his daughter, Aubrey.
“She’s 7 and we watched the whole U.S. Open at home and she said that she wanted Jordan Spieth to win and he won,” Gillis said on Wednesday at St. Andrews. “That was like her new boyfriend. She was cheering for me, but I told her, ‘I couldn’t beat your boyfriend.’”
Despite the loss, there was a silver lining for both father and daughter. Gillis, who turns 47 on Thursday, promised Aubrey he’d give her $100 if he finished second at the John Deere Classic and the runner-up showing earned him his first start at the Open Championship since 2008.