Seamus Power carded his first sub-par third round since January to move into the top 20 with a round to go in the Quicken Loans National in Maryland.
The West Waterford man, 30, posted a one-under-par 69 at TPC Potomac at Avenal Farms to share 18th place on one-under par to lie just six shots behind leader David Lingmerth.
Ranked 142nd in the FedEx Cup standings, Power has up to eight events to make it into the top 125 who retain their cards for the 2017-18 season.
And he's put himself in a strong position to move up this week as he seeks to chip away at the 47 FedEx Cup points he still needs to move into the Top 125. Scores
Power bogeyed the fourth but had the first of two chip-in birdies at the sixth when he holed out from 26 feet.
A three-putt from 44 feet at the par-three ninth, where he missed for par from inside three feet, saw him turn in one over par.
But he produced an excellent back nine of three-under 33, holing from 18 feet from just off the green for a birdie at the 11th before rifling his tee shot to five feet at the 170-yard 12th to get into the red.
A three-putt par at the driveable 296 yard 13th was not ideal but he closed with five solid pars to move 13 places up the leaderboard on moving day.
Swede Lingmerth hit just six fairways in a three-over 73 and now leads by just one stroke from Daniel Summerhays (70) on seven-under par with Spencer Levin (65) just two adrift on five-under.
Australian rookie Curtis Luck (67), South Korea's Sung Kang (71) and former US Open champion Geoff Ogilvy (74) are three behind on four-under.
Power has been excellent from tee to green — he's ranked fourth for strokes gained in that department as well as fourth for strokes gained around the green and fourth for scrambling.— and had just 28 putts as two hole outs from off the green cancelled out two three-putts.
With a best finish this season of 21st in the Career Builder Challenge in January, an new career best on Sunday would be a shot in the arm to the pride of Tooraneena.