Epperson takes lead in Tour Q-school

The Canadian Press

12/13/2013 7:56:09 PM

LA QUINTA, Calif. -- PGA TOUR Canada member Chris Epperson shot a 9-under 63 on Friday on PGA West's Nicklaus Tournament Course to take a four-stroke lead after the second round of the Tour Qualifying Tournament.

The 31-year-old Epperson, from Hilton Head Island, S.C., had a 16-under 128 total.

The players are competing for positions in the Tour's priority ranking used to form tournament fields, with the medallist (or co-medallists ) guaranteed fully exempt status. Every player who is at PGA West is guaranteed a spot on the Tour next season. The six-round tournament will end Tuesday.

"We've still got a lot of golf left," Epperson said. "I'm not going to get ahead of myself. ... Everything seems to be clicking. My tempo is nice. I really didn't have any expectations. The goal was to get a card. I'm trying to approach it as any other tournament. My coach and I have been working on our process -- 'Get your yardage, get your club, focus on your target and just hit it."'

PGA TOUR Canada members Steve Saunders and Nathan Tyler were tied for second. Saunders had a 65, and Tyler shot 66 -- both on the Nicklaus course. First-round leader Justin Shin of Maple Ridge, B.C., followed his opening 64 on the Nicklaus course with a 74 on the Stadium layout to drop into a tie for 25th at 6 under. Calgary's Roger Sloan and Derek Gillespie of Oshawa, Ont., are also at 6 under.