GREENSBORO,N.C. -- At No. 136, David Mathis came to the Wyndham Championship on the wrong side of the FedExCup bubble.
Granted, Thursday was only the first round. And Mathis played in the morning wave, to boot. But he helped himself considerably with a 65 that left him one stroke off the lead held by Carl Pettersson as play continues on a warm, sunny afternoon.
Mathis' best finish in 24 events this year is a tie for 10th at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans. He's missed 16 cuts, including in his last four starts.
The North Carolinian didn't make a bogey on Thursday, though, as he came within a stroke of his low round of the season. According to projections, he likely needs to finish 22nd or better to make his way into the top 125 and earn a spot in the Playoffs.
When he finished, Mathis was projected at No. 68.