CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Matt Every made a 15-foot birdie putt on the final hole for a 5-under 67 and a one-stroke lead Saturday over money leader Michael Sim after the third round of the season-ending Nationwide Tour Championship.
Every, 49th on the money list, is trying to move into the final top 25 -- the cutoff for 2010 PGA Tour cards.
The 25-year-old former University of Florida star had a 16-under 200 total on the Daniel Island Club's Ralston Creek Course to put himself in position to take the $180,000 first-place check.
"A win this week would cover up a lot," said Every, who shot a course-record 63 on Friday. "If I win here it might get me to around 10th on the money list. I don't think there are 10 guys out here better than me, but there are definitely 10 guys that have played better than me this year."
Sim, a three-time winner who has earned a tour-record $536,142, shot a 67.
"I played much better than yesterday after working hard on the driving range last night," Sim said. "I played great for the first 12 holes, I gave myself a lot of chances. The only long putt I made was on No. 17, so I feel great about today's round."
Wheatcroft is 31st on the money list.
"I don't want to think about where I have to finish or what I have to shoot," Wheatcroft said. "I'm trying to win this week. If I win this tournament, then chances are I'll be fine with the PGA Tour card. If I don't get it done, hopefully I finish high enough to get my card."