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McLardy Shoots 63, Leads Q-School

December 2, 2000

LA QUINTA, Calif. (AP) _ South Africa’s Andrew McLardy shot a 9-under-par 63 on Friday to take a four-stroke lead after the third round of the PGA Tour qualifying tournament.

McLardy, a two-time winner on the Southern Africa Tour who spent the last two seasons on the European tour, had a 21-under 195 total at the halfway point of the 108-hole event on PGA West’s Jack Nicklaus Private Course and Jack Nicklaus Tournament Course.

Stephan Allan (65) and Brian Wilson (67) followed at 199, and second-round leader Tommy Tolles (72) was another stroke back along with David Morland IV (63) and Richard Coughlan (65).

The low 35 players and ties will earn 2001 PGA Tour cards, with the winner getting a full exemption. The next 50 _ or the nearest to 50 with ties _ will be exempt on the Buy.com Tour. The rest of the players will have conditional status on the Buy.com Tour.

Sweden’s Per-Ulrik Johansson, a five-time winner on the PGA European Tour, shot a 65 to move into a tie for 15th at 204. He began the round in a tie for 48th place.

Casey Martin, trying to regain his card after finishing 179th on the money list, was tied for 46th. He shot a 70 for a 208 total. Brian Watts, the 1998 British Open runner-up, was tied for 99th at 214 after a 68.

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