LA QUINTA, CALIFORNIA | Everything good
and exciting about Q-School is embodied in the
leaderboard after five rounds of the PGA Tour
Qualifying Tournament, with one round to go
Marco Dawson leads the tournament by
three shots at 17 under in his 11th appearance
at Q-School. Dawson, 48, finished 32nd on the
Nationwide Tour money list this year, and the
last time he played a full schedule on the PGA
Tour was 2008. He missed returning to the Tour
twice at Q-School, in 2008 and 2009.
Dawson, after an opening-round 73, posted
rounds of 68-67-67-68 for a 90-hole total of
343. Dawson and the rest of the leaders played
the Stadium Course at PGA West on Sunday
and will finish the tournament today at the
Nicklaus Tournament course.
The top 25 players and ties will get playing
privileges for 2012. The next nearest to 50 on
the list will be fully exempt on the Nationwide
Tour in 2012. The remaining players will have
conditional status on the Nationwide Tour.
Dawson leads Stephen Gangluff, who shot a
5-under 67 on Sunday to leapfrog into second
place at 14 under. Gangluff made only nine cuts
in 25 events this year
on the Nationwide Tour and
was 120th on the
a former University
Marco Dawson sits atop
Q-School going into
Monday’s final round.
of Georgia star, is tied for third at 13 under.
English won the Nationwide Tour’s Children’s
Hospital Invitational as an amateur in July. He
turned pro after the Walker Cup and played five
events on the Nationwide Tour, losing in a playoff at the WNB Golf Classic and tied for third at
the Miccosukee Championship.
Will Claxton, the leader after the first round
with a 64 and after the fourth round at 14
under, slipped to a 76 on Sunday but remained
tied for fifth going into the final round. Claxton
played in only nine Nationwide Tour events this
year, making the cut just four times.
Seung-yul Noh, 20, started the day in third
place alone but slipped to a 73 and is tied for
ninth. Noh won the Malaysian Open on the
European Tour in 2010 and was the second
youngest winner in that Tour’s history. He led
the Asian Tour money list last year.
Veteran Jeff Maggert made the biggest leap
on Sunday. He shot 6-under 66 and jumped
from a tie for 41st to a tie 13th. Maggert, 47,
only made six cuts in 18 starts on the PGA Tour
Billy Hurley III won his card by finishing 25th on
the Nationwide Tour money list and entered the
Qualifying Tournament in hopes of improving his
position on the pecking order. Going into
today’s final round, Hurley is tied for
24th at 7 under, which was the magic
number after five rounds.
Among those who are well
down on the leaderboard are Lee
Janzen (- 4), David Duval (- 2) Boo
Weekley (- 1), Tommy Armour III
(+ 2) and Rich Beem (+ 5).
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