Bud Cauley made the most of his Viking Classic sponsor's exemption.
The 21-year-old shot rounds of 68-67-66-67 to get to 20 under par. He's currently in a tie for fourth with Hunter Haas, a shot behind the leaders.
Cauley was a junior at the University of Alabama last year, but decided to forgo his senior season and turned professional after qualifying for the U.S. Open.
"I made the decision to turn pro because I knew I could come out here and compete with these guys," he said. "Obviously, I've had a very good start, and I've been playing well. It gives me a lot of confidence going into the tournaments, you know, in the future, that I always knew I could do it, but now I think I've proved that I can come out here and play."
Cauley has made the cut in each of his three starts on TOUR, finishing tied 63rd at Congressional and tied for 24th at the Travelers Championship.