29th Senior PGA Professional Championship

SCOTTSDALE, AZ - OCTOBER 01: Jim Schuman hits out of the bunker on the 18th hole during the Final Round for the 29th Senior PGA Professional Championship held at Desert Mountain Club on October 1, 2017 in Scottsdale, Arizona. (Traci Edwards/PGA of America)

Traci Edwards/PGA of America

SCOTTSDALE, Arizona -- Jim Schuman and Skip Kendall switched spots on the leaderboard Wednesday in the second round of the final stage of PGA Tour Champions Qualifying School.

But both Wisconsin golfers have a lot of work to do over the final 36 holes to earn one of five coveted fully exempt spots on the senior circuit for the 2018 season.

Schuman birdied three holes in a row late in his round to shoot a 2-under-par 69 and move up eight spots into a tie for 50th place. At even-par 142, the 54-year-old teaching professional at Blue Mound G&CC in Wauwatosa is 12 strokes behind co-leaders Tim Petrovic (62), Tommy Tolles (65) and Brian Henninger (69) midway through the 72-hole event at TPC-Scottsdale.  

Kendall, meanwhile, improved one shot over his opening-round 72 but the Milwaukee native fell nine spots on the leaderboard into a tie for 54th place at 1-over 143, tied with eight other golfers.

There will be no cut in the 72-hole qualifier. At the end of four rounds, the top five finishers earn fully-exempt status through the 2018 season. Those finishing in the top 30 and ties are eligible to compete in open qualifiers at all co-sponsored events on PGA Tour Champions in 2018.

One day after 40 players bettered par, that number increased by 10 and the scoring average dropped from 70.487 to 69.436.

Schuman, who birdied No. 10 starting his round, started going in the other direction with bogeys at Nos. 12 and 16, making the turn in 1-over 37. Four pars later, his fortunes changed when he birdied the par-4 fifth, par-3 sixth and par-4 seventh holes to get into red figures and stay there at 2-under.

Kendall began his round with seven straight pars before back-to-back birdies at Nos. 17 and 18 helped him make the turn in 2-under 34. He bogeyed three of four holes starting at No. 2, but got back to even-par with a birdie on the par-3 eighth hole.

Schuman (9:10) and Kendall (9:20) will go off No. 10 again Thursday when third-round play begins.