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Freeman, Hallberg share lead at Champions Q-school
Scottsdale, AZ (Sports Network) - Jeff Freeman and Gary Hallberg both carded five-under 66s Thursday to move into a tie for the lead after three rounds of the Champions Tour National Qualifying Tournament at TPC Scottsdale.
They duo finished 54 holes at 15-under-par 198. Freeman birdied six of eight holes on the back nine to grab a two-stroke lead, but he double-bogeyed the last to fall into a share of first.
Jim Rutledge, who fired a 62 to lead after the second round, posted a one- under 70 and slipped into third at minus-13.
Bill Glasson matched the low round of the day with his eight-under 63. That helped him jump into a tie for fourth at 12-under-par 201. He stands alongside Mark Mouland (64), Ben Bates (66) and Kirk Hanefeld (67).
The top-five players from the 78-player field will earn full status next year on the Champions Tour.
Freeman got off to a fast start with an eagle on No. 2 and a birdie on the third to get to 13-under. He tumbled down the leaderboard with a double-bogey on the par-three sixth and a bogey on the eighth.
With those dropped shots, Freeman fell to minus-10. However, he flew back into the lead with six consecutive birdies from the ninth.
Freeman, who will not turn 50 until April 15, 2012, birdied the 17th to move to 17-under. However, he stumbled to another double-bogey at the last to fall back into a share of the lead.
Hallberg birdied the second and fourth to get within one of the lead. He faltered to a bogey on the par-three sixth.
The 53-year-old, who won the 2010 Ensure Classic, bounced back with a birdie on the par-three eighth. Hallberg followed with an eagle at the par-five ninth to briefly grab the lead at 14-under.
Hallberg parred seven in a row from the 10th to fall behind a streaking Freeman. Hallberg birdied No. 17 to move to 15-under and parred the last to share the lead with Freeman.
NOTES: Hallberg also has three wins on the PGA Tour and one on the Nationwide Tour...At the end of 72 holes, the top-five finishers earn fully-exempt status for the 2012 season, while the next seven players will be conditionally exempt...Defending champion Keith Clearwater mixed five bogeys and three birdies in a round of 73, which dropped him into a tie for 58th.
11/17 18:24:47 ET
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