Phillip Mollica, Danny Ellis can grab PGA Tour cards with strong Q School finish

Mollica stands 24th, Ellis 39th headed into final round; top 25 and ties will earn cards for 2013

Former Clemson golfer Phillip Mollica won his first professional tournament by capturing the eGolf Professional Tour's El Jadida Classic in Morocco with a 10-under par score.

Photo by Kerry Capps

Former Clemson golfer Phillip Mollica won his first professional tournament by capturing the eGolf Professional Tour's El Jadida Classic in Morocco with a 10-under par score.

Phillip Mollica and Danny Ellis are knocking on the door, but both will need strong final rounds on Monday to finish the job at the PGA Tour's Qualifying Tournament at LaQuinta, Calif.

Mollica recorded his fifth straight under-par round on Sunday, and his fourth round in the 60s, and stands in a tie for 24th place heading into Monday's final round.

His 69 on Sunday moved him to 15-under for the tournament. He's currently four strokes out of the top 10.

The top 25 finishers, plus ties, will earn PGA Tour cards for the 2013 season. Others in the Final Stage event will earn some degree of status on the Web.com Tour, which next year will replace Q School as the primary doorway to the PGA Tour.

Mollica, an Anderson, S.C. native, has had a remarkably consistent tournament so far, with scores of 68-68-70-69-69.

Ellis is two shots back of Mollica at 13-under, tied for 39th place, after shooting a two-under 70 on Sunday. He currently stands two shots off the qualifying line.

Ben Martin and Brian Duncan both shot one-over 73s on Sunday and slipped back to 98th and 113th, respectively. Stephen Poole moved up to 116th with a fifth-round 68, and Vince Hatfield shot a 76 and tumbled to 123rd place.

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