Former Clemson golfers Phillip Mollica and Stephen Poole moved a big step closer to earning their PGA Tour cards on Friday when they closed out top-15 finishes at the Second Stage Q School tournament at Redstone Country Club in Humble, Texas.
Mollica, an Anderson, S.C. native, finished ninth with a nine-under total after shooting his second straight 72. He finished with scores of 70-65-72-72.
Poole, from Aiken, S.C., finished one shot behind Mollica, tied for 13th with an eight-under score. He had rounds of 71-67-71-71.
Also closing in on spots in the 108-hole Q School final tournament are Brian Duncan and Vince Hatfield.
Duncan enters the final round at Southern Hills Plantation in Brooksville, Fla. in second place, one shot out of the lead. Duncan, who led after the first two rounds, shot a third-round 70 and is at 12-under. He has scores of 65-69-70.
Hatfield surged into seventh place at nine-under after firing a 67 on Friday. He has scores of 71-69-67.
Also in qualifying position heading into the final round at Brooksville are Ben Martin, who is tied for 14th place at seven-under, and Danny Ellis, who is tied for 18th at six-under.
Sam Saunders is tied for 30th at four-under, while Corbin Mills is 67th at seven-over.
The top 19 finishers and ties will advance to the Final Stage.
At TPC Craig Ranch in McKinney, Texas, Tommy Biershenk is 45th after three rounds, while at Hombre Golf Club in Panama City Beach, Fla., Brent Delahoussaye is tied for 55th at five-over, while Kevin Johnson is a shot back at six-over.