Argentina’s Emiliano Grillo leads Tour Finals finale

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) Emiliano Grillo holed out from 175 yards for an eagle on the par-4 18th hole Friday to take the lead in the Tour Finals-ending Web.Com Tour Championship.

The 23-year-old player from Argentina finished with a 6-under 64 to reach 10-under 130 after two rounds on TPC Sawgrass’ rain-soaked Dye’s Valley Course. He used a 9-iron on the eagle.

”It was a hard wind from behind and I hit it perfect,” Grillo said. ”I’m pretty happy with the way I finished.”

Lucas Glover, the 2009 U.S. Open champion, was second after a 67.

”The harder it played, the better I played for some reason,” said Glover, who had five one-putts on the outward nine. ”I hit a bunch of good flat shots into the wind. I played great on the front.”

The tournament is the fourth and final event in the series for the top 75 players from the Tour money list, Nos. 126-200 in the PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup standings and non-members such as Grillo who earned enough money to have placed in the top 200 had they been eligible to receive points.

The top 25 players on the Tour regular-season money list earned PGA Tour cards. They are competing against each other for tour priority, with regular-season earnings counting in their totals. The other players are fighting for 25 cards based on series earnings.

Grillo is fifth on the series money list with $103,667, more than enough to wrap up a PGA Tour card. He lost a playoff in March in the PGA Tour’s Puerto Rico Open.

Grillo birdied five of his first 10 holes, had a double bogey on the par-4 12th, birdied the par-4 17th and closed with the eagle. He hit 15 of 18 greens in regulation.

”I played a perfect front nine,” Grillo said. ”I couldn’t play it any better. I hit some great shots.”

Glover was 147th in the FedEx Cup standings and is 15th in the series with $38,991. Last year, Eric Axley took the 25th card with $36,312.

”I set out these four weeks with a job and that is still the mentality,” Glover said. ”I just want to play as good as I could and I’ll check it on Sunday night.”

Chez Reavie and D.H. Lee were tied for third at 8 under. They have already secured PGA Tour cards.

Reavie, the winner of the second event in the series, had a 65, and Lee shot 67.

Reavie leads the series money list with $215,067. He won the 2008 Canadian Open.

Lee, from South Korea, finished in the top 25 on the Tour regular-season money list and has earned $92,300 in the series to jump to sixth on the combined money list with $281,067.

Sam Saunders topped the group at 7 under after a 69. Saunders, Arnold Palmer’s grandson, was 137th in the FedEx Cup standings and is 12th on the series list with $46,950.

Tommy Gainey was 8 under with three holes left, but dropped four strokes with a triple bogey and a bogey on the next two holes. He was tied for 17th at 4 under after a 69.

Gainey was 35th on the Tour regular season money list and is 84th in the series standings with $2,727. He won the PGA Tour’s 2012 McGladrey Classic.