MADISON, Miss., Nov. 2 (UPI) -- Brandt Jobe fired a 6-under-par 66 Friday to join Carl Paulson atop the leaderboard midway through the season-ending Southern Farm Bureau Classic.
Winless since joining the PGA Tour in 1991, Jobe reached 11-under 133 with an eagle, six birdies and two bogeys. He is 126th on the money list with $392,105 and must move up just one spot to remain exempt for the 2002 season. Spike McRoy, who is 124th, missed the cut at 6-over.
"The first two days have gone nicely, considering the position I'm in," Jobe said. "Through the middle of the year, I was trying to win golf tournaments. Everyone does. After a while, I was trying to play each week when on the bubble and trying to keep my card. It's been frustrating. I'm trying too hard."
At 117th on the money list, Paulson will avoid a return to qualifying school. But he moved closer to his first victory since turning professional a decade ago.
"I've been playing well the last few months," said Paulson, who was runner-up at last year's Tampa Bay Classic. "Hopefully, I saved the best for last."
Chad Campbell, Andrew Magee, Dicky Pride, Heath Slocum and first-round leader Fred Funk were tied for third at 10-under 134. Campbell, a recent graduate of the Buy.com Tour, had the best round of the group, an 8-under 64.
Another stroke back were Lee Porter and Cameron Beckman.
The PGA Tour's money winners are in Houston this week at the lucrative Tour Championship.