GREENSBORO, N.C. -- John Mallinger played in the Wyndham Championship for the first time last year and tied for third.
He's back at Sedgefield Country Club again this week and will enter Sunday's final round with a chance to win his first PGA TOUR event. Mallinger is 6 under through 17 holes and owns sole possession of the lead, one shot ahead of Tommy Gainey and Carl Pettersson.
The 2011 season hasn't been a particularly good one for Mallinger. He lost his exempt status after finishing No. 133 on the money list and he's only been able to play in 13 events, making just five cuts and earning just $77,578.
So Sunday could be a big one for Mallinger, whose best finish on the PGA TOUR came when he finished second at the 2009 U.S Bank Championship in Milwaukee. He's playing for job security as well as a possible spot in the PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup.
Mallinger, who currently ranks 212th in the FedExCup, likely needs to finish first or second to make the Playoffs. A victory would give Mallinger a two-year exemption on TOUR, as well.