Whee Kim, of South Korea, watches his tee shot on the second hole during the final round of the John Deere Classic golf tournament Sunday, Aug. 14, 2016, in Silvis, Ill. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
Nam Y. Huh
September 22, 2016

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.

You May Like