Brett Waldman holed a bunker shot for eagle on his first hole and finished with a 3-under 68 at Orange County National on Wednesday in the first of six rounds of the final stage of PGA Tour qualifying.
Kyle Stanley had a 7-under 65 on the Crooked Cat course for a two-shot lead over Scott Weatherly, Ben Martin and Stanford graduate Joseph Bramlett.
Waldman has not been in Q-School in eight years, but decided to give it a try this year. He is among nine players in the final stage to have made it through three stages.
The top 25 players earn PGA Tour cards for 2011.