David Mathis had six top-10 finishes on the Nationwide Tour in 2010, including a win at the Winn-Dixie Jacksonville Open, which is what secured his PGA TOUR card for this year.
Now he’s trying to win on TOUR to secure his status for the next two years.
Mathis is 6 under through 16 holes at TPC Southwind, where he leads by two late in the opening round.
This, however, is not Mathis’ first go-round on the TOUR.
In 2009, Mathis made 15 cuts in 27 starts on TOUR. Among those 15 made cuts, he cracked the top 25 twice. A tie for 17th at the Wyndham Championship was his best finish of the year. His second-best? A tie for 23rd … here at the FedExSt. Jude Classic.
Alas, it wasn’t enough for Mathis to keep his card. A good finish this week, however, would certainly make a difference. Mathis already has a couple of top-25s this year, including a tie for eighth in New Orleans.