Chris Gilley, PGA of La Quinta Country Club stamps his ticket into the 2017 PGA TOUR’s Farmers Insurance Open 


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Trying to make it on the PGA Tour is about as unforgiving a profession as you can find. So when golf pros get one chance, they cherish it. And when they get a second shot, well Chris Gilley, the head golf professional at La Quinta Country Club says he knows what to do with it.

It's the second time Gilley won the Club Car Aggregate Series with a -3, 69 at Bear Creek Golf Club and qualified for a second shot at the Farmers Insurance Open. 

"The first time I was a little in shock," Gilley tells KMIR Sports. "My caddy set me up on the driving range right between Rickie Fowler and Tiger Woods, so we started off with a bang, we're here to have a good time," He says with a laugh, realizing the ridiculousness of the moment.

"I think I spent more time watching Tiger warm up than hitting balls myself," Gilley says. "Two years ago when I made it, it was my first trip out to the PGA Tour and my nerves and anxiety were through the roof, obviously."

But now that he and his family and support staff know what to expect, Gilley says this trip to Torrey Pines will be different.

"This year, now having the jitters gone and not worrying about hitting my first-ever PGA Tour drive off the tee, I'm looking forward to seeing what I can do with the scores down there."

But while he readies to compete, once again, in the same field as Tiger Woods, Gilley also has to get his home course, La Quinta Country Club, ready for the Members and the PGA Tour to return, making for a unique challenge. But the good news, Gilley says he's not someone who likes to hit balls to practice, saying he "gets bored," but hopes to squeeze in some practice rounds at his home course while taking care of his responsibilities to the  CareerBuilder Challenge (now recognized for 2020 as The American Express.

By Julie Buehler, Video Journalist