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Qualifying Tournament - Sebring

Jan 20-24, Sun N Lake Golf Club (Deer Run)

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Canada's Peter Campbell in action today in Sebring. Scott Stevens/PGA TOUR

Qualifying Tournament to finish this Saturday in Sebring

54-leader Peter Campbell of Canada is one of 63 players who have yet to finish the final round at the Sun 'N Lake Golf Club's Deer Run Golf Course

SEBRING, Fla. (January 24, 2014) – The race for the NEC Series-PGA TOUR Latinoamérica card is almost over in Sebring, Fla. Low temperatures, ranging between 43 and 55 degrees on Friday, made it tough for the competitors looking to secure playing privileges across Latin America for the 2014 season.

The day started with 63 players resuming and completing the third round. Those same players were the ones still on the course when the final round was suspended due to darkness at 5:55 p.m. They will resume play at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday.

Cody Gribble holds the lead heading into Saturday. He is at 4 under for the tournament with nine holes left to play. The 23-year old from Dallas, Texas, made a couple of birdies on Nos. 11 and 14 to move one shot ahead of 54-leader Peter Campbell of Canada and two ahead of Florida’s Adam Long and Robert Rohanna.

Half the players on the field – the ones with the highest scores through 36 holes – were able to finish the tournament this afternoon. Among those who have already played 72 holes are Erik Barnes and Sean Jacklin, who carded a Friday-best 69 to come from behind and get in position to earn a Tour card.

With so many players yet to finish the final round, the ones who are already done for the week will have to wait until Saturday in order to find out what kind of status they will earn for next season.

At the conclusion of the event the leading 20 players will earn full exempt status, while the ones finishing in the top 45 and ties will earn conditional status.

In case of a tie for the 20th spot, a sudden-death playoff will take place. When play was suspended there were 24 players inside the top-20, seven of them are currently tied for the 17th spot.

The NEC Series-PGA TOUR Latinoamérica 16-tournament schedule begins with the 67th playing of the Arturo Calle Colombian Open presented by Diners Club next month. The opening round of the first event is only 27 days away.

NOTES:

Weather. Partly cloudy with temperatures ranging between 43 and 55 degrees. Winds NNE at 10 to 15 mph.

Charging into the top 20. A bogey-free 69 helped Erik Barnes move up from a tie for the 27th spot into a tie 15th by the end of the day. The 27-year old who played last season on PGA TOUR Canada survived a second round of 81 that slowed him down into a tie for 61st on Wednesday.

Comeback of the week. After holing out for eagle on his very first hole on Tuesday, Sean Jacklin made two double-bogeys and three bogeys on the next seven holes. That bad stretch cost him a 79 in the opening round for a share of the 103rd spot.

“I had an uphill battle from Day 1, but I handled it well,” said the 22-year old after making a strong comeback with rounds of 71, 71 and 69 to get to 2-over par for the week. Jacklin finished the day in a tie for the 17th spot and could have some playing to do on Saturday if he finishes in a tie for the 20th spot. 

As soon as he finished, he made a phone call to his Hall of Fame father Tony Jacklin, winner of the 1969 British Open and 1970 U.S. Open. “He was devastated after the first round and now he is thrilled that I’ve come back,” said the young man looking forward to the season.

54-hole leader. Peter Campbell of Canada claimed the outright lead through 54 holes early in the day. “It was a battle out there today. I mean it was one of the coldest I’ve been on a course starting off a day. I just managed to get it around and made a lot of putts again today, so I was happy,” said the 30-year old who played the last two seasons on PGA TOUR Canada.

Scoring averages at the par-72 (36-36) Deer Run Golf Course:

            Front 9            Back 9             Total

R1       37.715             37.349             75.065

R2       37.764             37.146             74.910

R3       37.894             36.682             74.577

DQ: Brandon Askew (USA)

The season ahead. The 2014 season of NEC Series-PGA TOUR Latinoamérica will consist of 16 events in 10 countries across Latin America. The season, to be played in two swings, will begin on Feb. 17 with the Colombian Open in Bucaramanga, Colombia. The season will be a race for players looking to finish the year among Los Cinco – the Order of Merit’s Top 5 – who will earn playing status on the Web.com Tour in 2015. By competing on NEC Series-PGA TOUR Latinoamérica, players also have the opportunity to earn status on PGA TOUR Canada and exemptions into the second and final stages of the Web.com Tour Qualifying Tournament.

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