WEST PALM BEACH , Fla. (AP) -- First-round leader Troy Merritt shot a 3-under 69 on Thursday to maintain his one-shot lead at the PGA Tour qualifying tournament.
After opening with a 67 on the Links Course at Bear Lakes Country Club, Merritt made three straight birdies on the Lakes Course and was at 8-under par with four rounds to go.
Jay Williamson was alone in second after a 69 on the Links Course.
Tour veteran Jeff Maggert, Andrew McLardy, Ted Brown and Michael Connell all shot 67 and were in a group at 6 under.
The top 25 finishers and ties after the six-round tournament will earn cards for 2010, with roughly 50 more earning fully exempt status for the Nationwide Tour.
David Duval, Tim Herron and Jesper Parnevik were in a group at even par.