GREENSBORO, N.C. – As his wife battled for an Olympic medal thousands of miles away, Martin Piller could only sit and watch.
Piller missed the cut at the Wyndham Championship, a result that means he’ll need to return to Web.com Tour Finals to retain his playing privileges on the PGA Tour. Rather than return home to Texas, he stayed and watched the conclusion of the final round of the women’s Olympic golf competition Saturday from the locker room at Sedgefield Country Club.
While the stakes were high, Piller remained calm while his wife, Gerina, fought for a spot on the podium down in Rio.
“It’s pretty easy watching her play, because she usually plays pretty good,” Piller said. “As long as I’ve known her, she gets a little better and better every year. So honestly it’s been pretty easy watching her.”
The Pillers have made a habit of watching each other play whenever possible, scheduling in-person appearances around a pair of busy tournament schedules. Martin flew to Germany last year to support Gerina at the Solheim Cup, while Gerina was on hand for his Web.com Tour victory last year in Kansas City.
“It’s cool. I love it when she gets to watch me play, and I love watching her play,” he said. “It just makes it that much cooler, adds another level of excitement.”
Gerina’s Olympic bid came up short as she played her final 10 holes in 3 over to finish T-11, four shots behind bronze medalist Shanshan Feng. It meant the week ended on a sour note for both parts of Team Piller, but Martin remains confident that his wife won’t be affected by the difficult close to her final round.
“She’ll shake it off. She’ll be fine,” he said. “She ain’t going to let it bother her.”