SCOTTSDALE, Arizona -- Jim Schuman inched up the leaderboard again Thursday during the third round of the final stage of PGA Tour Champions Qualifying School at the TPC Scottsdale.
However, the Madison native and director of instruction at Blue Mound G&CC in Wauwatosa will have to take it low in Friday’s final round to have a shot at status on the senior circuit in 2018.
Schuman made four birdies and three bogeys in a 1-under-par 70 that helped him move up four spots into a tie for 46th place. At 1-under 212 through 54 holes, Schuman is 17 strokes behind leader Tim Petrovic (65), who leads Japanese amtaeur Ken Tanigawa (63) and first-round leader Brian Henninger (67) by two shots while three other golfers are four strokes behind.
Milwaukee native Skip Kendall, who earned fully exempt status through the Q-School a year ago, struggled to a 73 and fell 10 spots into a tie for 64th place at 3-over 216.
The top five finishers after Friday’s finale will be fully exempt 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 the PGA Tour Champions in 2018.
With 18 holes to play, the latter threshold is at 6-under or better, which means Schuman must make up at least five shots over the final round to have a shot at that status. However, his professional plate is already full -- this winter helping longtime friend Rick Smith establish his new teaching facility at Doral GR in Miami and next summer back at Blue Mound G&CC.
For the third day in a row, Schuman began his round with a birdie on No. 10 starting his day. However, he bogeyed Nos. 14 and 18 around a birdie at No. 17 to make the turn in even-par.
Schuman strung together birdies at Nos. 3 and 4 only to fall back with a bogey at No. 6. He will tee off No. 10 in the final round at 9:50 a.m. CST with Mark Milke and Mark Brown.