Friday, December 11, 2015

Gunn shoots a 68 at Tour Q School

Jimmy Gunn moved up to joint 26th place with a second-round, four-under-par 68 for a 36-hole tally of five-under-par 139 at the Tour Qualifying School Final tournament at Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.
Canadian Adam Svensson is the early leader with 64-65 for 15-under 129.


Schniederjans five off Svensson's lead

 at Q-School

Ollie Schniederjans, shown at the 2015 Tour Championship
Ollie Schniederjans ( Getty Images ) 
After barely making it to this week, Ollie Schniederjans is on the verge of fully-exempt status on the Tour.
The former World No. 1 amateur fired a Friday 68 on the Champion Course at PGA National, moving up to second place halfway through Tour Q-School. While Schniederjans continued to rise up red numbers, though, Adam Svensson took command.
The Canadian posted a second consecutive 7-under round (this time on the Fazio Course), as he surged five ahead of the field in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
Svensson turned professional earlier this year and finished ninth on the Mackenzie Tour Order of Merit. But he chose this week as his true breakout, it seems. On Day One, Svensson used a steady start and a late eagle to boost his round well into red numbers (and into the 18-hole lead). On Friday it was a blazing start – birdies in his first four holes – that rocketed him into the mid-60s again. The 21-year-old bogeyed only one hole each day.
Schniederjans also only has two bogeys for the tournament, although that doesn't count a double bogey as well. A late surge enabled a fast start Thursday. It was similar in Round Two, as the 22-year-old sandwiched his double around four birdies on his back nine.
There could be a big reward if Schniederjans, who only has guaranteed conditional status on the Tour for advancing to this week, can chase down Svensson over the last two days.
The top 45 finishers and ties over 72 holes this week in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., will earn their Tour cards for 2016. But only the winner or joint winners are fully-exempt, with finishers 2-10 (and ties) susceptible to the third reshuffle and finishers 11-45 (and ties) susceptible to the second reshuffle of 2016.
Two players, including Alistair Presnell, sit in a tie for third at 8 under, and a half-dozen players are one further back. Austin Cook is T-11 at 6 under, while Cheng Tsung-Pan dropped 23 spots to T-26 thanks to a 2-over 73 that dropped him to 4 under.
Kyle Jones, a 2015 American Palmer Cup member, also had a rough day in a 1-over-73 that dropped him to 3 under and 25 spots on the leaderboard. The worst of it may have been for Jack Maguire, who recently left Florida State to turn pro before final stage. Maguire posted posted a 5-over 76 (Champion) to plummet from T-56 to T-132.



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