Lucas Glover takes lead at Tour Championship

September 21, 2018 - 7:50 pm

ATLANTIC BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Former U.S. Open champion Lucas Glover shot his second consecutive 7-under 64 on Friday to take a one-shot lead at the Tour Championship.

The 38-year-old Glover, who won the 2009 U.S. Open at Bethpage Black, needs a high finish this weekend at Atlantic Beach Country Club to ensure he will keep his PGA Tour card for the upcoming season. The last of his three PGA Tour victories was in 2011.

Glover earned $17,212 in the first three Tour Finals events. The top 25 money winners in the four-tournament series earn PGA Tour cards, and the final card went for $40,625 last year.

Glover, however, does not face as much pressure as many of his fellow competitors. He had arthroscopic knee surgery in June and will have eight starts on a medical exemption to earn 53 FedEx Cup points and keep his card.

Glover was at 14-under 128. Denny McCarthy, who has already earned enough money to secure a return to the PGA Tour, was one shot back. Tour veteran Cameron Tringale, who has earned just $2,660 after missing two of the first three cuts, was 12 under after a 67.

The four-tournament series features the top 75 players from the regular-season money list, Nos. 126-200 in the PGA Tour's FedEx Cup standings, and non-members with enough money to have placed in the top 200. The top 25 finishers on the regular-season money list are competing against each other for tour priority, with regular-season earnings counting in their totals.

Four-time PGA Tour winner Aaron Baddeley was among those who missed the cut. He was 22nd on the finals money list going in and likely will fall short of earning his card.

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