CROMWELL, Conn. (AP) —Jay Williamson is a day away from regaining his PGA Tour card after he shot a third-round 67 Saturday for a one-stroke lead over Hunter Mahan in the Travelers Champion-ship.
If he can hang on, he’ll be the first player to win on the PGA and Nationwide Tours in the same year since Jason Gore in 2005.
The 40-year-old won the Nationwide Tour’s Fort Smith Classic in Arkansas in May and ranks seventh on that tour’s money list with $153,249 in earnings. He’d take home a cool $1 million with a win.
Williamson bested his second-round co-leader David Toms (69), and first-round leader Mahan (67) over the final four holes to finish 11-under par.
Toms, a 12-time winner on Tour, including the 2001 PGA Championship, has five top-10 finishes this year. But he bogeyed the par-3 16th, and he fell two back after his drive on the signature 17th hole found the water.
Mahan, who finished second here a year ago had a tournament-best 62 Thursday and hit 71 on a windy Friday.
Gallery favorite Fred Funk shot a 67 to finish alone in fourth place. Funk has already won this year on two tours, taking the PGA Mayakoba Classic in March, a month after winning the Turtle Bay championship on the Champions Tour.