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LA QUINTA, Calif. -- That's a wrap on Day 5 at PGA Tour Q-School. Just one round remains for these PGA Tour aspirants. Of course, Monday's 18 holes will be the most pressure many of these players will ever face. Here's a quick look at five storylines heading into the final day:

1. Steven Bowditch is the leader at 23 under par. Bowditch, who shot 64 today, is one shot ahead of Kris Blanks.

2. It was a tough day for the two Koreans who started the day at the top of the leaderboard. Meen-Whee Kim, who started the day T-2, shot 75 and dropped to T-30; Kim is 4 over in his past two rounds. Si Woo Kim, 17, also will start the final round in a tie for 30th, one shot outside the cut line. Dong-Hwan Lee shot 71 and fell from the lead and into a tie for sixth.

3. Camilo Villegas fired 73 Sunday at the Nicklaus Tournament Course and dropped from T-20 to T-46 at 12 under. He's played his past two rounds in 1 over (72-73) and is three shots outside the cut line.

4. Kevin Kisner's charge continues. He shot 71-75 and was T-142 in the 172-player field. He followed with three consecutive rounds in the 60s (66-65-67) and is now T-17.

5. Heath Slocum, a three-time PGA Tour winner, will start the final round on the cut line. He made double-bogey on his 17th hole Sunday after his ball moved on the putting surface after he addressed it.

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Update #18: 6:50 p.m. EST

Derek Ernst has been impressive in his first Q-School. He's going to enter the final round in third place, two back of Steven Bowditch's lead, at 21 under. Ernst has broken par in every round, and has shot four rounds in the 60s. His approach to his first Q-School was simple: "I just looked at (Q-School) as the last year to do Q-School and I don't want to do mini-tour events, so I'm going to make the Tour and that's all I've thought about," he said. "What you set your mind on is what you're going to get."

Sounds easy enough.

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Update #17: 6:16 p.m. EST

Heath Slocum is T-24 and will enter the final the final round on the cut line. The three-time PGA Tour winner made double-bogey on his 17th hole, the par-3 eighth on the Nicklaus Tournament course, after calling a one-stroke penalty on himself after his ball moved on the putting green.

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Update #16: 5:58 p.m. EST

Good par save for Donald Constable on the ninth hole, his last of the day. After hitting his drive well left of the fairway, he laid up short of a pond and got up-and-down from 125 yards, holing an 8-foot par putt to complete a 71 and is currently T-30. He turned pro after this year's U.S. Amateur and had to advance through three precious Q-School changes.

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Update #15: 5:40 p.m. EST

A couple well-known players are on the cut line with a couple holes left. Chez Reavie and Heath Slocum are both even par today and T-23.

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Update #14: 5:30 p.m. EST

Scott Langley on finishing tomorrow on Stadium Course: "That's the way it should be. You have to step up and hit the shots." Langley, the 2010 NCAA champ, shot 67 today and is T-24.

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Update #13: 5:12 p.m. EST

Chesson Hadley is one shot off the cut line at Q-School. What's tomorrow going to be like? "It's going to be all you could ever want," he said. Hadley, who got into second stage after Blayne Barber was disqualified, said he's playing with "house money" after that situation. He also said he plans on getting Barber a present for his Dec. 15 wedding.

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Update #12: 4:25 p.m. EST

Vince Covello just holed a bunker shot at 18 to post 67 and move onto the cut line at 14 under. That will make tonight's dinner taste a little better.

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Update #11: 3:45 p.m. EST

Just caught up with the group of Chesson Hadley, Oliver Fisher and Vince Covello on the par-5 15th green. They were the second group off the first tee. All three are making moves onto the cut line. Fisher just got up-and-down from a grass bunker for birdie on the island-green hole to go 5 under on the day and move to T-23. Hadley missed an 8-footer for birdie but he and Covello are 4 under for the day and T-32

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Update #10: 3:33 p.m. EST

A couple quick observations:

• Richard H. Lee is now tied with Dong-Hwan Lee for the Q-School lead. Lee lived on the cut line in his past two Q-Schools. He missed by 1 in 2010 and played his last five holes in 5 under last year to get his card.

• Tough start for Meen-Whee Kim. He's 3 over after six holes and dropped from T-2 to T-23.

• Scott Langley is making a move today. The 2010 NCAA champ is 5 under and now T-23.

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Update #9: 3:05 p.m. EST

You kinda knew one of the 6 guys who advanced at Q-School after Blayne Barber's DQ would flirt with a PGA Tour card. Chesson Hadley is T-26 right now. He's 4 under through 12 today.

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Update #8: 2:57 p.m. EST

Donald Constable's playing partners the last three days: Erik Compton, Camilo Villegas, and European Ryder Cuppers Robert Karlsson and Ross Fisher. They're arguably the four best-known players in the field. Constable, who turned pro after this year's U.S. Amateur, has held his own. He's T-35 as he plays the Nicklaus Tournament's 18th hole. He broke par in the first four rounds but is 1 over today. Constable, a lefty, split the fairway and then missed the green in the left rough, just off the green. He saved par and remains 1 off the cut line.

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Update #7: 2:44 p.m. EST

Camilo Villegas just hit his approach shot to 10 feet on No. 18, his ninth of the day. He missed to stay 1 over and stay in T-35. His playing partner, Aaron Watkins, made a 30-footer for birdie and is even par for the day and T-26. His wife, pregnant with their second child, is following him today.

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Update #6: 2:35 p.m. EST

Just watched Si Woo Kim hit his approach to 8 feet on the par-4 18th. He was the final member of his threesome to hit his approach. Kim, who's playing his ninth hole, arched his back as the putt just missed. He stays at 1 under for the day, 13 under overall and T-25. Remember Kim is 17 and wouldn't be able to use any status earned here until his 18th birthday on June 28. That would give him just a handful of starts before the season ends at the Wyndham Championship.

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Update #5: 2:02 p.m. EST

Surprise of the day may be Camilo Villegas, who's 2 over thru 5 today and has dropped from T-20 to T-39.

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Update #4: 1:34 p.m. EST

The last time we saw such calm conditions for all six rounds of a Q-School at PGA West, it took 19 under to earn a PGA Tour card. That was 2008, and just one player who shot an over-par first round went on to earn a PGA Tour card. When Paul Stankowski saw a tweet with that stat, he replied with a Dumb and Dumber reference, tweeting, "So you're saying there's a chance!" Stankowski shot a first-round 75, but followed with rounds of 69-69-67. He's 3 under after four holes and has moved to two shots outside the cut line.

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Update #3: 1:24 p.m. EST

Derek Ernst, who's been pro for just a few months, is now just two off the Q-School lead after making birdie on his first two holes. Ernst, a UNLV product, is one of five 2012 All-Americans in the field, and the only one currently in the top 25.

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Update #2: 1:08 p.m. EST

Robert Karlsson's off to a quick start today, making up for yesterday's 75 that dropped him from second place to 17th. Karlsson has birdied his first two holes today and is back in sixth place. Meanwhile, Kevin Kisner's impressive comeback continues. Kisner was T-142 in the 172-player field after shooting 71-75 in the first two rounds, but has played his last 41 holes in 16 under to move to T-19. He's made 18 birdies and one double-bogey in those 41 holes.

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Update #1: 12:10 p.m. EST

Much attention has been paid to the two Korean players atop the Q-School leaderboard. Dong-Hwan Lee starts Sunday with a two-shot lead over four players, including Meen-Whee Kim and another player with Korean ties. Edward Loar was born in Texas and attended Oklahoma State, but he is a former Korean Open champion. His 2004 victory there was one of two Asian Tour victories for the former U.S. Walker Cup player. He also won the 2003 Thailand Open. Loar, who earned a PGA Tour card at last year's Q-School had this to say last year about the progression of Asian golf:

“When I started playing in Asia in 2002, you could just go over there and pretty much tee it up and make a cut,” Loar said. “Now, the level of play is so much higher.”

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Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012

DAY 4 TRACKER: That's a wrap from Day 4 at PGA Tour Q-School. Dong-Hwan Lee has a two-shot lead after shooting 64 on PGA West's Stadium Course. Edward Loar, Meen-Whee Kim, Vaughn Taylor and Richard H. Lee. See how it happened.

5 THINGS: PGA Tour Q-School 72-hole leader Dong-Hwan Lee says the approximately two years he spent in the South Korean military was good for his golf career. Story.

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Friday, Nov. 30, 2012

DAY 3 TRACKER: Meen-Whee Kim, 20, maintained his lead at PGA Tour Q-School on Friday, firing a 5-under 67 to hold a one-shot lead over veteran Robert Karlsson after 54 holes. See how it happened.

5 THINGS: We’re at the halfway point of PGA Tour Q-School. Three rounds are down, and three rounds remain. Here are 5 Things you need to know from the third round of the final Q-School. Meen-Whee Kim, at 18-under 198, holds a one-shot lead over Robert Karlsson. Story.

ON TRACK: The infamous “We talkin’ ‘bout practice” quote from basketball player Allen Iverson has developed a life of its own, 10 years after Iverson scoffed at taking practice seriously. But for 38-year-old Heath Slocum, it's a necessity. Story.

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Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012

DAY 2 TRACKER: Meen-Whee Kim fired a 9-under 63 to take a one-shot lead over Vaughn Taylor, who shot 64, after 36 holes of PGA Tour Q-School at PGA West in La Quinta, Calif. Story.

HOLDING HIS OWN: Tom Pernice Jr., 53, and Si Woo Kim, 17, are competing for spots on the 2013 PGA Tour. Kim would set a record for youngest player in the history of the Tour. Pernice, meanwhile, is trying to stay on golf's biggest stage. Story.

IN DRIVER'S SEAT: We’re one-third of the way through PGA Tour Q-School, but while Meen-Whee Kim leads at 13 under, there’s still 72 holes left. Here's 5 Things to take away from Thursday's second round at PGA West. Story.

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Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012

DAY 1 TRACKER: The final stage of PGA Tour Q-School got underway on Wednesday at PGA West. And it was Steve LeBrun who finds himself out in front early. See how it happened.

COMEBACK TRAIL: Sergio Garcia, Kevin Na, Robert Karlsson. Three different personalities, three different golf swings, one common malady. All three suffered from the full-swing yips. They reached a point in their professional careers where they couldn’t start the swing. Karlsson is back at it this week at Q-School. Story.

EUROPEANS START HOT: 5 Things from Day 1 of the final PGA Q-School in La Quinta, Calif., on the PGA West's Nicklaus Tournament Course and Stadium Course. Story.

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Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012

5 THINGS PREVIEW: The 2012 field at Q-School is one of the strongest fields in the event's history, featuring four players inside the top 60 in the Official World Golf Ranking. Story.

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Monday, Nov. 26, 2012

TEE TIMES & PAIRINGS: Check out the tee times and pairings for the final stage of PGA Tour Qualifying School at PGA West in La Quinta, Calif. Tee times.

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Q-School: Second stage

FINAL RESULTS: Robert Karlsson, Matt Fast and Si Kim took medalist honors at their respective sites on Saturday, and Daniel Chopra shot 6 under to advance in Brooksville during the final day of PGA Tour Q-School's second stage. Notes & scores.

SPIETH COMES UP SHORT: Jordan Spieth’s first Q-School attempt came to an end Friday, ensuring that he won’t earn a PGA Tour card this year. The biggest question surrounding the Texas sophomore is when he’ll start pursuing his PGA Tour card in 2013. Story.

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Q-School: First stage

BARBER IS OUT: Blayne Barber had easily advanced out of the first stage of the PGA Tour’s Q-School, but something was weighing on him. It was an incident that had occurred in the tournament’s second round, one of those moments when this game’s rules so harshly penalize the slightest misstep. Story.

FINAL RESULTS: Find out who advanced and who missed out. Notes & results.

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Q-School: Pre-qualifying

FINAL RESULTS: Find out who advanced and who was left out. Notes & results.

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