Phillip Mollica, Danny Ellis still in the hunt at Q School's mid-point

Vince Hatfield, Ben Martin, Brian Duncan, Stephen Poole facing uphill weekend battle

Vince Hatfield

Photo by Kerry Capps

Vince Hatfield

Phillip Mollica shot his third straight under-par round, but slipped back in the lead pack at the midway point at the PGA Tour Q School final stage tournament at LaQuinta, Calif., on Friday.

Meanwhle, Danny Ellis moved up the leaderboard and is now tied with Mollica at nine-under par for the tournament. The two former Tigers are tied for 31st place - nine shots behind leader Meen Whee Kim, but just one stroke off the qualification line.

Mollica's third-round 71 followed up on rounds of 68-68. Mollica battled back from a double-bogey on his opening nine and birdied two of his final three holes.

Ellis shot a four-under 68 on Friday, following rounds of 70-69. Like Mollica, he was under par for the third straight round. A streak of four straight back-nine birdies (No. 11-14) pushed Ellis to six-under par, but he then gave strokes back with bogeys at 15 and 16 before finishing with two pars.

Four other former Tigers have work to do to put themselves in the running for PGA Tour cards.

Both Vince Hatfield and Brian Duncan shot two-under 70s on Friday and are at two-under for the tournament, tied for 108th place. Ben Martin is a shot back at one-under after recording a third-round 71.

Stephen Poole shot an even-par 72 on Friday and stands 5-over.

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omnipotent1 writes:

Ben Martin has some kind of virus and is contemplating withdrawing.

KerryCapps writes:

in response to omnipotent1:

Ben Martin has some kind of virus and is contemplating withdrawing.

Thanks for the info.

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