Tadd Fujikawa, the 16-year-old from Hawaii playing on a sponsor's exemption, birdied three straight holes early in his round before a couple of three-putts slowed his momentum. He settled for a 71, leaving him a chance to make his first cut as a pro. With the Magic Kingdom across the street, he picked the perfect metaphor for his round.
"It was a roller coaster out there," he said.
It has been that way for most players in the Fall Series, many of whom are trying to secure their positions inside the top 125 for next year, with a few of them Leonard, for one hopeful of cracking the top 30 to get into the Masters.
Beckman has already gone through the drill.
He was 149th in the FedEx Cup standings, missing the playoffs by a mere 153 points. That gave him a four-week vacation, enough time for him to take stock of his position and realize he'd better to get to work. He had seven weeks to avoid another trip to Q-school.
"I got ready to go," he said. "I knew my position coming into the Fall Series. I don't want to go to tour school. And with the FedEx Cup, you don't want to be in the tour school."
No need to worry now. Beckman tied for third in Las Vegas to get on the cusp of that magic No. 125, then broke through last week in south Florida with a tie for fifth that moved him up to No. 118, essentially securing his card for next year.
"Compared to the stress level I've had the last six weeks, this was nothing," Beckman said. "I felt like I was playing a practice round."
Divots: MacKinzie Kline, the 15-year-old with a congenital heart defect who played on the LPGA Tour this season, was in the pro-am pairing with Fujikawa, although they were not partners. It was a huge day for Kline because she walked the last 16 holes. Kline was given permission to use a cart at the Ginn Tribute on the LPGA Tour because she was recovering from recent surgery to fix a hole in her heart. "I haven't done that in a long time," Kline said. "It was very exciting. The one thing I really want to do is walk all 18 holes." Fujikawa loved having her along. "I haven't played with someone my age in a long time," he said. ... John Daly, who has walked out of six tournaments this year, said he was disappointed not to get a sponsor's exemption to Disney. Lo and behold, Daly could have made it as an alternate based on his status as a past champion, but he wasn't at Disney to claim the spot and the tour took the next guy in line. ... The Canadian Open finally got a title sponsor Wednesday when the Royal Bank of Canada agreed to a deal.