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The Tour Report

July 14 2012

1:45 PM

Lovemark in position to retain status

Jamie Lovemark knows what he must do this week at the John Deere Classic. It’s win, or lose his TOUR card. The 24-year-old has responded well thus far, starting with rounds of 71 and 66 before Saturday’s stellar 7-under 64 that puts Lovemark at 12 under for the week and just one back of leader Troy Matteson, who has yet to tee off in Round 3. A 2010 graduate and Player of the Year on the Web.com Tour, a back injury limited Lovemark to just nine starts in his rookie season on the PGA TOUR. He’s now playing on the final start of a Major Medical Extension where only the winner’s $828,000 share of the purse would be enough to allow Lovemark to retain status. He would, of course, earn two years of status with a victory. In 15 starts this year, Lovemark has earned $97,111 as he’s made just five cuts. He entered the season needing to make $633,473 in 16 starts to retain his TOUR card. Lovemark could gain conditional status for the rest of the 2012 season with a four-way tie for second or a solo third-place finish ( click here for more on Lovemark’s Major Medical Extension ). Anything short of that and he'll lose his status on the PGA TOUR. "I've kind of made my peace with it," Lovemark said. "Whatever happens next year is going to happen next year. Doesn't both me. Obviously I want to be out here again. There are multiple ways to get back on TOUR, this week being one of them. ...  I've played plenty of events out here to have my chance if I don't get my card. It is what it is." After a birdie-eagle start to his third round, Lovemark cooled, adding just two birdies against a bogey over his next 13 holes. He rebounded from his bogey on the 14th with a par at No. 15 then back-to-back-to-back birdies to close out his round of 64, which currently stands as the day’s best.