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Fritsch, Hadwin, Anderson all within striking distance at halfway point

Sat, 03 Dec 2011 08:06:51

by Golf Canada

If the six day PGA Q-School Qualifying tournament is considered a marathon, then three Canadians are in position for the final sprint over the next three days at PGA West in California.

Brad Fritsch of Ottawa, Ont., had five birdies and two bogeys on the Stadium Course for a third round 69 to leave him tied f

Adam Hadwin of Abbotsford, B.C., also playing the Stadium Course, had five birdies as well but with a bogey and double bogey for good measure for a round of 70 and a tie for 19th.

Stuart Anderson of Sooke, B.C., shot a 1-under 71 to leave him tied for 33rd.

Only the top 25 at the end of six rounds will earn full PGA Tour status and Anderson is just two strokes outside of that mark.

For the remaining Canadians, they have some work to do over the next three days.

Calgary pair James Love (74) and Ryan Yip (70) are tied for 107th. It was a roller-coaster round for Love during a four hole stretch to start the back nine of the Stadium Course which saw him go double bogey-birdie-bogey-double bogey. Yip, who was playing the Nicklaus Course, rebounded from Thursday's 78.

Richard Scott of Kingsville, Ont., had four bogeys and a double bogey for a disappointing 78 which leaves him tied for 142nd.

Mitch Gillis of Williams Lake, B.C., went triple bogey-double bogey to close out the front nine en route to a 75 and a tie for 157th.

Vancouver's Richard T. Lee (70) and Matt McQuillan (72) of Kingston, Ont., are 160th and 168th, respectively. McQuillan was sitting at 2-under through 15 holes until a double bogey - his fifth of the week - at No. 16 wiped it all away. After finishing 137th on the money list in his PGA rookie season, he is ensured of at least part-time status on the big circuit next year and was looking at this week as a way to improve his standing going into 2012.

Will Claxton is atop the leaderboard for a second straight day after a 69 left him at 13-under par. Two shots back are Bobby Gates, Matt Jones and Seung-yul Noh, who was one of three players who shot 64.

The biggest difference between the second and third rounds? Wind, or lack thereof on Friday. In calmer, sunnier conditions, scores were much lower with Robert Streb posting the round of the day, 9 under. That was a 15-shot improvement over his second round score.

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