FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — Jamie Lovemark shot a bogey-free 6-under 66 on Friday to take a one-stroke lead over Anirban Lahiri in the Web.com Tour Finals-opening Hotel Fitness Championship.
Lovemark finished 12th on the Web.com Tour regular-season money list to earn a 2015-16 PGA Tour card and is playing the four-event series in a bid to improve his tour priority status. The former Southern California player had an 11-under 133 total at Sycamore Hills.
Lahiri, the first Indian player to qualify for the International Presidents Cup team, bogeyed the final hole for a 65. Ranked 40th in the world, he tied for fifth in the PGA Championship.
The series features the top 75 players from the Web.com Tour money list, Nos. 126-200 from the PGA Tour's FedEx Cup standings and non-members of the tour such as Lahiri 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 and the final leader getting a spot in The Players Championship. The other players are fighting for another 25 cards based on their earnings in the series.
Canada's Brad Fritsch (64) and South Korea's D.H. Lee (68) were tied for third at 9 under. Fritsch was 37th on the Web.com Tour money list, and Lee finished 15th to earn a PGA Tour card.
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