Ryan Brehm of the U.S. shot a 1-under 71 on the Jack Nicklaus Signature Course at Reunion Resort yesterday to take the lead through three rounds at PGA Tour Canada’s Florida Qualifying Tournament.
The 28-year-old was the only player at even par or better through 54 holes and held a one shot lead over fellow American Dan McCarthy.
The cut-off for exempt status through 54 holes sits at 6-over par, with five players tied for 17th – a scenario that would produce a five players-for-two spots playoff. The number for conditional status sat at 10-over, with 42 players tied for 35th or better heading into Saturday.
Eighteen players will earn conditional status on PGA Tour Canada for 2014, with the rest of the top 40 plus ties earning conditional status.
Toronto's Christian Westhorpe and Jordan Krantz of Vermillion Bay, ON, were the top Canadians, tied for sixth at 4-over, while Peter Campbell of Baddeck, NS, was also in position to earn an exempt card.
Other Canadians in the top 40 included David Byrne of Essex, ON, (T-26, +8) and Mark Hoffman of Thornhill, ON, (T-31, +9).