Illinos golf coach Mike Small took a run at his fourth PGA Professional National Championship, but settled for a fourth-place tie after shooting 72 in the final round on Thursday.
Small, who finished 4-under par, six shots behind winner Rod Perry, from Port Orange, Fla., was rewarded with berths in two events for his strong showing in the PGA Pros National, which was played in Sunriver, Ore.
Small is one of 20 players who earned a berth in the PGA, to be played at Oak Hill in Rochester, N.Y., in August. Small was the low club pro at the 2007 and 2011 PGA tournaments.
He also earned a slot on Team USA for the PGA Cup, a Ryder-Cup style event that will be played in Northumberland, England, in September.
Small closed to within one shot of the lead by birdieing four of his first eight holes, but bogeyed the ninth and 14th holes to fall out of contention, then made double bogey on No. 18.