Diaz steady, Byrd posts first under-par round in Qualifying

The Associated PressDecember 15, 2013 

— Myrtle Beach’s Roberto Diaz continued his solid play Sunday in the fourth round of the Qualifying Tournament and Murrells Inlet’s Zack Byrd had his first under-par round in what has been a frustrating tournament so far.

Diaz fired a 4-under 68 on the PGA West Jack Nicklaus Course to move up eight spots into a tie for 23rd, while Byrd posted the same score on the PGA West Stadium Course to move up seven spots to a tie for 144th.

Diaz had six birdies and two bogeys, while Byrd had four birdies in a bogey-free round. Byrd shot even-par in his other round of the Stadium Course, but has struggled on the Nicklaus Course with scores of 78 and 79 in the first and third rounds, respectively.

Scott Pinckney shot a 7-under 65 the Nicklaus Course to take a one-stroke lead in the six-round tournament.

The 24-year-old Pinckney, a former Arizona State player, had a 21-under 267 total after 72 holes in the event that will determine player priority rankings for the Tour season.

“It felt like I was going to make the putt even before I hit it,” Pinckney said. “I really saw the line well and just trusted it. You’re going to hit good putts and they’re not going to go in, but it was my turn on the back nine.”

Pinckney missed an 18-footer for eagle at No. 11, then one-putted the final seven holes – five for birdies, including a 15-footer at the closing hole.

“It’s all about seeing the line,” he said. “Every golfer has had that. You have to keep trusting what you’re doing.”

Scotland’s Jimmy Gunn was second after a 66, also on the Nicklaus course.

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