Dawson ousts Claxton at US Q-school

Veteran Marco Dawson has grabbed the lead with one round remaining at this year’s PGA Tour final qualifying school event.

Veteran Marco Dawson has grabbed the lead with one round remaining of this year’s final PGA Tour qualifying school event at La Quinta in California.

The 48-year-old began the six-round event with a 73, but his form ever since has been excellent, with rounds of 68, 67, 67 and today’s 68 taking him to a 17-under-par aggregate of 343.

For the first time this week, Will Claxton did not end the day with at least a share of the lead.

The former Auburn University player stumbled to his worst round of the week, a 76, to slide into a share of fifth place.
Twenty-five tour cards for 2012 are up for grabs here at La Quinta.

Stephen Gangluff holds second place outright, three shots behind Dawson, after a 67.

Third place is shared by Harris English and Brendon Todd on 13-under 347, with Claxton tied with former Ryder Cup player Vaughn Taylor, Brian Harman and Jarrod Lyle two shots further back.
Several former major champions are competing but all could miss out.

The 2002 US PGA champion, Rich Beem, stands tied for 122nd and out of contention after a 74 and Shaun Micheel, the 2003 US PGA winner, languishes in 111th place following a 76 and is pretty much in the same position.

On the other hand, David Duval, the former Open champion and world number one, finally made a positive move after treading water through his opening rounds.

He shot a fifth round 68 that nudged him up to a tie of 63rd, but he will almost certainly have to shoot in the mid-60s tomorrow to stand any chance of going through.

The best-placed of the major winners is former two-time US Open winner Lee Janzen who had a 71 for a second day in a row to stand tied for 42nd.

Jeff Maggert, who played on three Ryder Cup teams in the 1990s, has every chance of earning a card after a 66 saw him shoot up the leaderboard from 41st in to a tie for 13th.

England’s Greg Owen also improved his prospects, posting a 70 that enabled him to reach a tie for 34th.