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December 4 2011

5:30 PM

Sunday set-up: Winds calmer at q-school

LA QUINTA, Calif. -- The wind is much calmer for the fifth round of q-school, which is in full swing from PGA West ( click here for live scores ). That should mean better scores a day after just five players in the field broke 70 on a winblown afternoon in the desert.

Just how difficult has the scoring been when the wind has blown? Saturday’s scoring average was north of 74 on both courses (see chart below). While the wind will be much calmer for today’s fifth round, the forecast for Monday isn’t so go good with winds expected in the 25-30 mph range.

Scoring averages (both courses are par-72):

 

Nicklaus Tournament Course

TPC Stadium Course

Round 1

69.75

71.59

Round 2

73

74.54

Round 3

70.01

71.07

Round 4

74.33

75.45

Cumulative

71.79

73.12

 

As for the leaderboard, Will Claxton leads at 15 under and will tee off at 1:10 p.m. ET. Claxton has made only one career start on the PGA TOUR, finishing in a tie for 67th at this year’s Transition Championship. He earned conditional status on the Nationwide Tour after finishing in a tie for 139th at q-school last year but appears well on his way to a TOUR card.

That would be quite an achievement, too. Claxton made just four cuts in nine starts on the Nationwide Tour this year and he had just one top-25.

Meanwhile, Marco Dawson is making his 11 th appearance in q-school. He last earned his card through this tournament in 2006 but is in good shape at 13 under as he tees off.

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