A bogey at the 13th hole on Sunday at Willow Creek Country Club in Utah cost Bradley Iles his most-recent shot at a Nationwide Tour title, but then when you’ve been through as much as the New Zealander has a missed putt is hardly reason to get sideways.
Iles, who finished tied for second place at the Utah Championship, is in his third full season on the Nationwide Tour, an accomplishment that to some is nothing short of a medical miracle.
“The doctors told me I wouldn’t be able to play again,” said Iles, who suffered a head injury at a 2004 amateur event that resulted in a three-day coma and major surgery. “I had to learn to walk again, but when your head is bashed up you don’t think about it too much.”
Iles recovered from the injury and, thanks to his Utah runner-up, is closing on his first trip to the PGA Tour. He vaulted from 63rd in earnings to 33rd and hopes to secure a top-25 finish and avoid Q-School.
“I haven’t had a home-cooked meal since February,” said Iles, who has not established a U.S. home. “I don’t live anywhere . . . I just put a map on the board and throw a dart at it, where ever it lands that’s home.”