Jason Kokrak posted a three-over 75 in windy ending Nationwide Tour Championship.
Kokrak, a second-round co-leader, finished 54 holes at seven-under 209 and is one stroke clear at Ralston Creek Course at the Daniel Island Club.
Scott Brown finished off a five-under 67 early Saturday, then sat and watched the leaderboard come back to him. He is tied for second place with Ken Duke, who carded a respectable two-under 70 on Saturday, at minus-six.
Daniel Chopra shared the second-round lead with Kokrak, but a triple-bogey at the par-three 12th sent him down the leaderboard. He finished with a five-over 77 and shares fourth with Garth Mulroy (71), Matt Every (72) and Camilo Benedetti (74) at five-under 211.
The top 25 on the money list following the completion of the tournament earn their PGA Tour cards for the 2012 season.
Kokrak is comfortably in the top 25 at No. 4, but a win on Sunday would be his third this year and that earns an automatic promotion. So, no matter what happens on Sunday, Kokrak is headed to the PGA Tour next season.
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