Saturday, December 12, 2015

Gunn loses ground at Tour Q School

Dornoch exile Jimmy Gunn, now based in Arizona, dropped back to joint 48th position with a third-round 73, after earlier scores of 71 and 68, for a 54-hole tally of 212 at the Tour Final Qualifying School at Palm Beach Gardens, Florida today

He's made it clearer and clearer in each successive round at Tour Q-School: This is Adam Svensson's week.
The Canadian fired a third straight 7-under round Saturday in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., to stretch his overnight five-shot lead to eight. Svensson, 21, surprisingly went bogey-free for the first time all week during the third round, but all in all he has just as many eagles (two) as blemishes on the scorecard this week between PGA National's Champion and Fazio courses.
His closest pursuer with one round to go is Ryan Brehm at 13 under.
"I've been playing some pretty nice golf, and I attribute that to my putter," said Svensson after his Saturday 65 on the Fazio Course. "I've got a new putter and I seem to be rolling it pretty nicely."
Svensson only turned pro earlier in 2015, and showed some promising results with a ninth-place showing on the Mackenzie Tour money list in just six events. But nothing had signaled a performance quite this grand.
Svensson is outright lapping a field in a pressure-packed event where much is at stake. While all players who made it to this week already have conditional Tour status next year, that would be very minor to the (virtually) full 2016 card they would earn with a top-45 finish.
The breakdown goes as such: The winner or joint winners earn fully-exempt cards, with finishers 2-10 (and ties) susceptible to the third reshuffle and finishers 11-45 (and ties) susceptible to the second reshuffle of 2016.
In the lead and knowing what a win could get him, Svensson only opened the third round with an eagle and then played flawless golf in somewhat windy conditions.
The fully-exempt spot looks like it may not be much of a battle, but the Nos. 2-10 is a whole different story. Twenty-six players are crunched between 13 under (solo second) and 6 under (T-17). Ollie Schniederjans sits T-14 at 11 under after a third-round 70 and 2015 American Walker Cupper Denny McCarthy is 6 under and T-17.
The notables in serious danger of not earning their full card include: Kyle Jones (5 under, T-28), Austin Cook (5 under, T-28), Cheng-Tsung Pan (3 under, T-48), Steven Fox (2 under, T-58), Brandon Hagy (Even Par, T-76), Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano (2 over, T-88) and Jack Maguire (6 over, T-126).



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