With just a passport and no sweaters at hand, Tom Gillis is preparing for an unexpected trip to Scotland.
Tom Gillis said his hunger to qualify for The Open Championship intensified only with his challenge at the John Deere Classic.
The 46-year-old got as close as ever to his maiden PGA Tour title on Sunday, denied only by Jordan Spieth in a play-off at TPC Deere Run - but his efforts earned him a trip to St Andrews.
Gillis, who has played in two previous Opens in 1999 and 2008, said the prospect of jet-setting to Scotland for the major in four days' time was one he was not prepared for.
"I said I wasn't going if I got a spot. I think I was just talking big," Gillis told a news conference, with a laugh.
"But I spent five years over there [on the European Tour], and went back and forth.
"[I] laboured heavily [for] five years all over the world. So I kept saying all week, 'I'm past that chapter in my life. I wouldn't go if I got that spot'.
"Then I find myself looking at that board thinking, 'Man, I wouldn't mind getting that spot'.
"So I'm like, I don't have any sweaters, I have nothing. I have a passport, but that's it.
"I've been over there, I know it's crazy that week.
"But the next couple days I'm going to be pretty tired, just the whole up and down and the flight and the lag, and I haven't dealt with jetlag in a while.
"But it's very exciting overall. It's the home of golf."
Gillis was forced to withdraw on his Open debut at Carnoustie in '99 after injuring his wrist in a first-round 90, before a tied for 58th finish seven years ago at Royal Birkdale.
He is set for his first major appearance since missing the cut at the 2011 PGA Championship.
It is a fitting present for Gillis, who will tee off at St Andrews on his 47th birthday.