Nicklaus, the 40-year-old son of Jack Nicklaus, shot a 5-under-par 67 at PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, Fla., to move into a tie for eighth halfway through the first-stage qualifier. The top 22 at the end of play Saturday advance. Saunders, grandson to Arnold Palmer, also shot 67 there to move just inside the cut line in a tie for 19th. Miami’s Erik Compton, trying to win a Tour card a year after his second heart transplant surgery, is looking strong after a 67 moved him into a tie for third at PGA Golf Club.
Lee, 19, the 2008 U.S. Amateur champ, is tied for 23rd going into today’s final round at Stonebridge Ranch in McKinney, Texas. He needs to move into the top 22 to advance to second stage. A second-round 78 in wet conditions hurt him, though he followed with a 69 with the second and third rounds completed Thursday after rain forced postponement of Wednesday’s play.
Tadd Fujikawa, the 18-year-old from Hawaii, remains in good position tied for sixth after a 71 at St. John’s Golf & Country Club in St. Augustine, Fla. Jon McLean, son of noted swing instructor Jim McLean, posted a 67 to move into a tie for 13th. Jay Haas Jr. (72) is tied for 17th.