Date: December 01, 2012
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Aussies doing well at Q-School

A host of Australians are on track to earn a PGA Tour card for next season after three rounds of the Qualifying Tournament in California. With the top 25 plus ties securing a card, five Aussies are tied for 20th place at 10 under at the midway point of the gruelling six-round event. Matt Jones was the big mover with a blistering seven-under par round of 65 – the equal best score of the day – on the Nicklaus Course. He carded three birdies on the front nine before adding another four on the home stretch to soar up the leaderboard. Steven Bowditch also had a great round with four consecutive birdies on the front nine propelling him to a 66. Adam Crawford, who began the day tied for fifth, slid down the leaderboard with a 72, while Bryden Macpherson (69) and Mat Goggin (70) kept up their consistent form. The quintet trail South Korean Kim Meen-whee by eight shots after the 20-year-old backed up his 63 on Thursday with a 67 to move up to 18-under overall. Swede Robert Karlsson is one shot back in outright second place, with Edward Loar a further stroke back in third. Marcus Fraser is the next best Australian in a tie for 44th at eight under, while Luke Hickmott (-7), Ashley Hall (-6), Nick O&aposHern (-5), Rod Pampling (-5) and James Nitties (-4) all need to improve significantly if they are to threaten the top 25.