The fourth round of the PGA Tour Qualifying Tournament did not end due to weather delays Saturday, but three players with South Carolina ties remained in the top 25 and on target to earn tour exemptions for 2010.
Former Bluffton resident Kris Blanks, a PGA Tour rookie in 2009, was 1-under-par through 13 holes Saturday and 8-under for the week, tied for 20th. Another shot back at 7-under and tied for 23rd are Charleston resident Bronson La'Cassie, who was 4-under through 14 holes, and Greenville's Brent Delahoussaye, 2-under through 12 holes.
Co-leaders Troy Merritt and Jay Williamson are at 15-under through nine and eight holes, respectively, of the fourth round at Bear Lakes Country Club in West Palm Beach, Fla.
Play was interrupted by rain and suspended due to darkness, with the fourth round to resume today at 7:45 a.m. The top 25 and ties following Monday's final round will earn PGA Tour cards for next year.
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Aiken's Kevin Kisner (1-under through 17 holes) is at 4-under and tied for 37th. Also still in the hunt are Bishopville's Tommy Gainey, who shot 63 Friday and was 1-under through 13 holes Saturday, and Aiken native Stephen Poole (even through 10 holes). Both are 2-under overall and tied for 54th.
Former USC player Mark Anderson was 2-under through 15 holes and even-par (T-68th).
Eight other players with S.C. ties lost ground, led by North Augusta's Scott Brown (2-over through 11 holes, tied for 87th). Former Wofford player William McGirt (2-under/16 holes) is tied for 111th; Greenwood native Emmett Turner (1-over/17) and former Clemson player Brian Duncan (even/17) are tied for 128th; and former USC player Alex Hamilton (2-over/14), former Clemson All-American Charles Warren (1-under/12) and ex-Furman player Matt Davidson (4-over/11) are tied for 136th at 6-over-par.
Former USC player Kyle Thompson was 4-over through 11 holes and tied for 162nd, out of 166 players remaining in the field.