South Korea's Whee Kim leads Web.com Tour Finals event
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) South Korea's Whee Kim shot a 6-under 65 on Thursday to take the first-round lead in the Web.com Tour Finals' Nationwide Children's Hospital Championship .
Kim had seven birdies and a bogey on Ohio State's Scarlet Course in the third of four events that will determine 25 PGA Tour cards. Kim is 35th on the series money list with $9,975 in two events after finishing 127th in the PGA Tour's FedEx Cup standings.
Kevin Tway and Spain's Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano shot 66. Fernandez-Castano is eighth on the money list with $41,500, likely enough to secure a PGA Tour card. Tway is tied for 52nd with $5,975.
The series features the top 75 players - Tway was 27th, and Fernandez-Castano 64th - from the Web.com regular-season money list, Nos. 126-200 in the PGA Tour's FedEx Cup standings and non-members with enough PGA Tour money to have placed in the top 200 in the FedEx Cup had they been eligible.
The top 25 on the Web.com regular-season money list earned PGA Tour cards. They are competing against each other for tour priority, with regular-season earnings counting in their totals.
The other players are fighting for 25 cards based on series earnings. Last year, Rob Oppenheim got the last PGA Tour card with $32,206. Bobby Gates was 25th in 2013 at $33,650, and Eric Axley took the last card in 2014 at $36,312.
Two-time heart transplant recipient Erik Compton topped the group at 67. He was 173rd in the FedEx Cup standings and is 63rd on the series money list with $4,000.