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October 15 2011

6:29 PM

Mathis closing in on securing card

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At No. 123 on the money list, this week is huge for David Mathis.
By Chris Dunham, PGATOUR.COM ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. -- David Mathis is doing his part. He earned his PGA TOUR card last October on the Nationwide Tour with a victory at the inaugural Winn-Dixie Jacksonville Open and is looking to keep it with another good October showing. Entering the week at No. 123 on the money list after a tie for 15th at last week’s Frys.Com Open, Mathis is projected to No. 115 after Saturday’s 4-under 66 moved him into a tie for 13th early in the afternoon at the McGladrey Classic. “I pay attention to it,” Mathis said of his position on the money list. “I know it’s just one shot at a time, though. I can’t control what anyone else is doing. I can just control what I’m doing.” Mathis was a TOUR member in 2009, after earning his card on the Nationwide Tour, but finished 160th on the money list, prompting a return to the Nationwide in 2010. He posted back-to-back 1-under scores on the Seaside Course in Rounds 1 and 2 but had five birdies Saturday en route to his 66 that gets him to 6 under for the week. Mathis hit 15 greens in regulation Saturday, and felt like the score could have been better. But a 25-foot birdie conversion on No. 18 sent him home happy after Round 3. “The greens are really good but they’ve got some movement to them with the grain,” he said. “I thought we had a little bit of wind this morning that we’re not getting right now. It’s really calm out. But that affects it, too … I was just trying to keep it in front of me and get some good looks and I’m just thankful to be where I am.”
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