DAVIDSON, N.C. (AP) — Brett Stegmaier played his first 10 holes in 8 under and shot a 9-under 63 on Thursday to take the first-round lead in the Web.com Tour Finals' Small Business Connection Championship.
Stegmaier eagled the par-5 18th for a 7-under 27 on his first nine and added birdies on Nos. 1 and 18 at River Run. The 32-year-old former Florida player finished 69th on the Web.com Tour's regular-season money list and earned $31,000 last week with an eighth-place finish in the series opener in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
The four-event series features the top 75 players from the Web.com Tour money list, Nos. 126-200 in the PGA Tour's FedEx Cup standings and non-members of the tour who earned enough money to have placed in the top 200 had they been eligible to receive points. The top 25 players on Web.com regular-season money list earned 2015-16 PGA Tour cards. They are competing against each other for PGA Tour priority, with regular-season earnings counting in their totals. The other players are fighting for another 25 cards based on earnings in the series.
Zack Fisher was second after a 65. He was 48th on the Web.com Tour money list.
Ryan Spears, Argentina's Emiliano Grillo, Australia's Rhein Gibson and China's Hao Tong Li were tied for third at 66. Li was 49th on the Web.com Tour money list, Gibson 33rd, and Spears 38th. Grillo would have been in the top 200 in the FedEx Cup standings if he had tour membership.
Sweden's Henrik Norlander, the Fort Wayne winner to earn a PGA Tour card, opened with a 73.
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