"I played OK coming in, kind of played a messy back nine but didn't drop any more shots,'' said Flesch, who hit 17 of 18 greens in regulation. "I salvaged a really good round out of what could have been a great round.''
Turning Stone, with a purse of $6 million, kicks off a new seven-tournament run called the PGA Fall Series that will decide the final money leaders list. The top 125 players retain fully exempt status to play on Tour in 2008, and the Fall Series determines Nos. 31 through 125. (The top 30 were already decided through the FedEx Cup playoffs.)
Among those on the bubble, Steve Allan, who began the day at No. 125 in earnings, carded six bogeys and finished at 4-over 76. Bill Haas, right behind Allan, had a 3-under 69, while Frank Lickliter II (No. 130) finished with a 70 and Alex Cejka (No. 128) a 71. All are within $52,000 of each other.
Divots: Daly was joined on the withdrawal list by Brent Geiberger, who had six bogeys and a double bogey. He made birdie at the par-3 16th hole, then withdrew because of vertigo. Rich Beem also withdrew because of illness, and Paul Stankowski did not start because of a neck injury. ... Aussie Nick Flanagan, playing in his first PGA event, shot 72.