Pillers continue month of globetrotting, spectating


PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – It has been an enjoyable month of globetrotting – and spectating – for Martin and Gerina Piller.

Having already clinched his PGA Tour card, Martin traveled to Germany two weeks ago to watch his wife at the Solheim Cup. Gerina holed a critical putt during her singles match to help fuel a record American comeback. The two shared an emotional embrace on the 18th green at St. Leon-Rot.

The roles have reversed over the last two weeks, as Gerina has been relegated to the sidelines, with Martin competing in the Web.com Tour Finals. Piller missed the cut at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Invitational, but he is in the mix this week at the Web.com Tour Championship with his wife by his side.

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“Just when I was kind of making a name for myself on this tour and the PGA Tour, she has to go and do something like that,” Martin joked, referencing his wife’s memorable putt. “So it solidifies me as just ‘Gerina’s husband.’”

Piller has already assured himself a high priority ranking for next season, and through three rounds at TPC Sawgrass he is 7 under, tied for seventh, six shots behind Emiliano Grillo.

After the round, Gerina voiced support for her husband, relishing a rare opportunity to watch him compete before leaving Monday for the LPGA’s Asian swing.

“I couldn’t be more proud of him,” she said. “Just from where he’s come, obviously he was on the PGA Tour once but kind of fell off and to kind of go back to no status last year, it just brings me so much joy to see him, how much he is enjoying this. It’s paid off, and I’m just really happy for him.”