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Q-School Qualms: The melting pot that is third stage

Shane Bacon
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For the next few days, we'll be updating you on how PGA Tour Q-School is going. Our focus will be on some of the big names, but we will be sure to tell you who made a big move up the leaderboard each day, and who struggled to keep it going. Join us, and the golfers, as we try to keep our wits about this whole process as 162 golfers battle for 25 coveted spots.

The funny thing about PGA Tour Q-School, is you get a list of names that are from completely different backgrounds. This year isn't any different, and just scanning the top of the leaderboard shows you exactly what being a pro golfer can take.

At the top, you have a guy like Ben Martin (pictured). Young, chiseled, but with very little PGA Tour experience, Martin has strung together three straight rounds in the 60s, and has a three-shot lead over his former teammate, Kyle Stanley.

Just behind these two you have James Driscoll, a 33-year-old who lost in the finals of the U.S. Amateur back in 2000. His career looked like it would soon take off, but Driscoll, like a ton of young talents, has bounced around tours. He has one Nationwide Tour title, and would have avoided this tournament all together if he had won a playoff against Zach Johnson last year in Texas, but here he is, looking to earn his tour card again.

Directly behind these guys is a man named Billy Mayfair, 44-years-young, that stands 8-under at the midway point of Q-School. Mayfair has won five PGA Tour titles, and been a pro since 1988, but like many golfers, hasn't produced much lately and had to take the trip back to school to try and get his full-time gig back.

Just in the top-20 alone you have names like Carlos Franco, Jeff Quinney, and Brandt Jobe.

While we spend most of our time focusing on Ty Tryon (tied for 61st) and Erik Compton (tied for 105th), the leaderboard is a list full of guys that are totally different, yet searching for the same thing; comfort.

Biggest mover of day three: Matthew Goggin, who has won twice on the Nationwide Tour, shot a third round 65 to jump from 115th to 48th.

Biggest tanker of the day: Todd Bailey. No, he didn't shoot the highest number of the day, but he was tied for 24th, shot a 1-over 72, and dropped to 42nd. That just shows how in this event, you can never take your foot off the gas.

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