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Dong-hwan takes PGA qualifying lead, Canada' Fritsch 24th

Associated Press

12/1/2012 7:50:15 PM

LA QUINTA, Calif. -- South Korea' Lee Dong-hwan shot an 8-under 64 on Saturday on PGA West's Stadium Course to take a two-stroke lead after the fourth round of the PGA Tour qualifying tournament.

Lee had a 19-under 269 total in the six-round event. The final top 25 and ties will receive 2013 PGA Tour cards and the next 50 and ties will earn Web.com Tour cards.

Edward Loar, Meen Whee Kim, Vaughn Taylor and Richard H. Lee were tied for second after their rounds on the Stadium Course. Richard H. Lee had a 64, Taylor shot 70, Loar 71, and Kim 73.

Sweden's Robert Karlsson, an 11-time winner on the European Tour winner, had a 75 on the Stadium Course to drop from second to a tie for 17th at 14 under. Camilo Villegas, a three-time PGA Tour winner, was tied for 20th at 13 under after a 72, and two-time heart transplant recipient They also played the Stadium Course.

Ottawa's Brad Fritsch, who already has his PGA Tour card for next season but is looking to improve his standing, shot 71 on the Stadium Course and sits tied for 24th, seven shots off the pace.

Matt Hill of Bright's Grove, Ont., shot a 70 on the Stadium Course and is tied for 86th at 6 under.

Meanwhile on the Nicklaus Tournament Course, Adam Hadwin of Abbotsford, B.C., shot a second straight 68 and is tied for 69th, Mitch Evanecz (70) of Red Deer, Alta., is tied for 124th along with Calgary's Ryan Yip (69) while Roger Sloan (70) of Merritt, B.C., is tied for 135th.