Robert Karlsson takes lead at PGA Tour Champions Qualifying Tournament

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Robert Karlsson takes lead at PGA Tour Champions Qualifying Tournament

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Robert Karlsson takes lead at PGA Tour Champions Qualifying Tournament

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Robert Karlsson shot a 65 on Thursday and holds a one-shot lead after three rounds at the PGA Tour Champions Qualifying Tournament at TPC Scottsdale.

Karlsson had seven birdies and a bogey on the Champions Course to get to 12 under, one stroke ahead of Shane Bertsch, Stephen Leaney and Paul Stankowski.

Leaney, co-leader after Day 1 and the solo leader after Day 2, shot an even-par 71 to slip back into a tie for second.

Meanwhile, Bob Sowards climbed 31 spots up the leaderboard after shooting the round of the week with a bogey-free 9-under 62. His round was 12 strokes better than the one he posted on Wednesday.

Sowards is tied with Cameron Beckman in fifth place.

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Rounding out the top ten are Robin Byrd and Harry Rudolph (-9) at T-7 and Jarmo Sandelin and Patrick Sheehan (-8) at T-9.

Golf Channel analyst Brandel Chamblee shot a third-round 73 and is 4 over for the tournament, 16 shots back. Shaun Micheel withdrew from the event on Thursday.

After Friday’s final round, the top five will earn fully exempt status on PGA Tour Champions for next season.

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