Gooch, Davis in hunt in Tour Qualifying Tournament finals

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PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – Canadian Adam Svensson and Sea Island, Georgia, resident Rick Lamb share the first-round lead at the Tour Qualifying Tournament after each finished at 7 under for the day.

Svensson’s 64 came on the par-71 Champion Course, while Lamb fired a 65 on the par-72 Fazio Course at PGA National Resort & Spa.

Four players are tied for third at 6 under: Taiwan’s Cheng Tsung Pan, Ollie Schniederjans, T.J. Vogel and Austin Cook.

Among players with Oklahoma ties, former Oklahoma State All-Americans Talor Gooch of Midwest City and Ian Davis of Edmond shot 69 and 70, respectively. Former Oklahoma Sooner Hunter Haas shot 71 and former University of Tulsa star Chris Worrell shot 75. Live scoring can be found here.

The Tour Qualifying Tournament is a four-day, 72-hole competition that ends on Sunday, Dec. 13. The tournament is being contested at the PGA National Resort & Spa’s Champion Course (CC) and Fazio Course (FC). The Champion Course has played host to The Honda Classic on the PGA TOUR since 2007. The Fazio Course plays to a par-72, while the Champion Course plays to a par-71.

There were nearly 1,000 entries for the tournament, which included previous Pre-Qualifying, First and Second stages that began in August.

A total of 155 players began play on Thursday morning.

Players in this event are competing for positions on 2016 Tour priority ranking, which will be used to form tournament fields. The medalist (or co-medalists) will be guaranteed fully-exempt status next year. Players 2-10 (and ties) will be subject to the third reshuffle next year and players 11-45 (and ties) will be subject to the second reshuffle.

This week’s medalist will earn $25,000. Players 2-10 (and ties) will earn $15,000 each. Players 11-45 (and ties) will earn $10,000 each.

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