Stuart Appleby. Photo: Getty Images
Stuart Appleby has responded to his desperate US PGA Tour career circumstances with a strong start in the Wyndham Championship.
Needing a good result if he's to retain a tour card for next season, Appleby fired a four-under 66 on Thursday to be tied for 11th at Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, North Carolina.
Matt Jones was the leading Australian on 65, one shot behind the leaders, in third place.
Appleby, who last won in 2010, is 123rd in the points race. He needs to be in the top 125 to make the play-off tournaments starting next week.