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Steven Bowditch leads PGA Tour Q-school



Australia's Steven Bowditch shot an 8-under 64 on Sunday on PGA West's Jack Nicklaus Tournament Course to take a one-stroke lead after the fifth round of the PGA Tour qualifying tournament.

Bowditch had a 23-under 337 total in the six-round event. The final top 25 and ties will receive 2013 PGA Tour cards and the next 50 and ties will earn Web.com Tour cards.

Kris Blanks was second after a 66, and Derek Ernst (66), Steve LeBrun (67) and Edward Loar (68) followed at 21 under. They also played the Nicklaus course.

Sweden's Robert Karlsson, an 11-time winner on the European Tour winner, and England's Ross Fisher, a four-time European Tour winner, were in a group tied for 11th at 18 under. Karlsson shot 68, and Fisher had a 67.'

Two-time heart transplant recipient Erik Compton was tied for 15th at 17 under after a 67. Tom Pernice, the oldest player in the field at 53, also was 17 under after a 68.

Camilo Villegas, a three-time PGA Tour winner, had a 73 to drop from a tie for 20th to a tie for 46th at 12 under.

SCORES

Steven Bowditch73s-67n-66n-67s-64n-337

Kris Blanks65s-70n-67n-70s-66n-338

Derek Ernst68s-68n-70n-67s-66n-339

Steve LeBrun64s-69n-68n-71s-67n-339

Edward Loar65s-69n-66n-71s-68n-339

Eric Meierdierks70n-66s-67n-70s-67n-340

Jin Park65s-70n-68n-69s-68n-340

Dong-hwan Lee68s-72n-65n-64s-71n-340

Billy Horschel70n-65s-66n-71s-69n-341

Richard H. Lee66n-67s-74n-64s-70n-341

Brad Fritsch72n-67s-66n-71s-66n-342

Robert Karlsson66n-68s-65n-75s-68n-342

Ross Fisher69n-69s-65n-72s-67n-342

Matt Jones71s-70n-65n-68s-68n-342

Erik Compton67s-70n-68n-71s-67n-343

Nicholas Thompson69n-70s-67n-68s-69n-343

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