Canadian Adam Svensson continues to lead the Web.com Tour

Adam Svensson
                                                                   
 Canadian Adam Svensson
 
Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. – Canadian Adam Svensson continues to lead the Web.com Tour Qualifying Tournament in commanding fashion after firing a second consecutive 6-under 65 on the Fazio Course at PGA National Resort & Spa to take an eight-stroke lead over Michigan native Ryan Brehm (66) after three rounds.

 
Jason Millard (65) is alone in third after carding back-to-back 65s on the Fazio Course.
 
Svensson quickly settled into his round with an eagle on his first hole of the day at the par-5 first hole with a towering 3-wood to give him a good look at his second eagle of the tournament.
 
“I hit it to about 25 feet and rolled it in,” said Svensson, who also eagled the par-5 third hole on the Champion Course in the first round. “I wasn’t anxious or nervous but it did settle me down a little bit and I was able to cruise for a couple of holes after that.”
 
Svensson continued to cruise through the windy conditions that challenged players for most of the day, but the 21-year-old was unfazed and added five more birdies, including two on his final two holes to extend his lead.
 
“I like playing in the wind,” said Svensson, who has only managed two bogeys through three rounds. “I grew up playing in the wind and am used to a low ball flight so it was kind of an ordinary day for me out there.”
 
After finding success on both the Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada and the Web.com Tour in 2015, a win at the Web.com Tour Qualifying Tournament would provide brimming confidence for the Palm Beach Gardens resident heading into the 2016 Web.com Tour Regular Season.
 
“Obviously we are all trying to play for that No. 1 spot to have full status, but it would be big knowing I can compete with these guys,” he said.
 
Svensson will look to secure that No. 1 spot with his second trip around the Champion Courseon Sunday. The former Barry University Buccaneer breezed through the tougher of the two tracks in the opening round with six birdies and an eagle en route to a 7-under 64.
 
“Par is your friend on the Champion Course, especially when it is windy,” he said. “So I’ll just stick to my original game plan again like I did today and it should be fun.”
 
Players will be repaired for the final round according to scores. The leaders will play the Champion Course in the final round.
 
NOTES
The Web.com Tour Qualifying Tournament is a four-day, 72-hole competition that ends on Sunday, Dec. 13. The tournament is being contested at the PGA National Resort & Spa’s Champion Course (CC) and Fazio Course (FC). The Champion Course has played host to The Honda Classic on the PGA TOUR since 2007. The Fazio Course plays to a par-72, while the Champion Course plays to a par-71.
 
There were nearly 1,000 entries for the tournament, which included previous Pre-Qualifying, First and Second stages that began in August.
 
Players in this event are competing for positions on 2016 Web.com Tour priority ranking, which will be used to form tournament fields. The medalist (or co-medalists) will be guaranteed fully-exempt status next year. Players #2- 10 (and ties) will be subject to the third reshuffle next year and players #11-45 (and ties) will be subject to the second reshuffle.
 
This week’s medalist will earn $25,000. Players #2-10 (and ties) will earn $15,000 each.
Players #11-45 (and ties) will earn $10,000 each.
 
Adam Svensson
Adam Svensson continued his torrid pace at PGA National extending his lead to eight shots.On Sunday the 21-year-old will have a chance to become the second Canadian to win the Qualifying Tournament. Edmonton, Alberta, native Brad Fritsch posted 27 under par last year in 108 holes to win by seven shots over Andrew Landry.
 
Svensson is part of Golf Canada’s Young Pro Squad, which was developed in partnership with the PGA of Canada to bridge the gap for top graduating amateurs transitioning into professional golf and gives its members exemptions into select Mackenzie Tour events. There are three other members of the Young Pro Squad in the field this week: Mackenzie Hughes (T17), Albin Choi (T48) and Taylor Pendrith (T48).
 
The last time Svensson competed at PGA National Resort & Spa, he was a member of the Barry University golf team and led the Buccaneers to a 19-stroke win in the three-day event. Svensson used a second-round 64 to win the individual title by three strokes.
 
Ryan Brehm
Ryan Brehm’s third round 66 has placed him in solo second after 54 holes. The 29-year-old
from Mount Pleasant, Mich., opened with an eagle on the par-5, first hole and rattled off three straight birdies coming in for a 6-under-par score on the Fazio Course.
 
Brehm attended Michigan State University where he helped lead the Spartans to three BigTen Championships (2004, 2006 and 2007). He was also named BigTen Freshman of the Year in 2004 and won five individual NCAA tournament titles during his four years in East Lansing. The accolades don’t end there, as Brehm is currently the Career Scoring Average leader at MSU.
 
Brehm played in 11 events on the Mackenzie Tour and posted six top 25s. His best showing came at The Great Waterway Classic where he carded 72-66-66-65 to finish T2. He added another top-five performance later in the season and concluded the season with a T8 at the Freedom 55 Financial Championship.
 
Jason Millard
Murfreesboro, Tenn., resident Jason Millard posted a 5-under 67 on Saturday and sits at 12-under after 54 holes. Millard had things going early but stumbled on the back and made back-to-back bogeys on Nos. 13 and 14. The 26-year-old pro got one back with a birdie at the par-5, 17th.
 
In 2014, Millard played his way into The Honda Classic via Monday qualifying. He posted scores of 71-71 (2-over) and missed the cut by two shots in his first PGA TOUR start.
 
Millard played 11 events on Mackenzie Tour this season and posted four top 25s. The 26-year-old Middle Tennessee State alum won the Freedom 55 Financial Championship by defeating Ryan Williams in a playoff to capture his first Mackenzie Tour title and play his way into The Five, earning 2016 status on the Web.com Tour.
 
Brady Schnell
Brady Schnell, 30, posted the second lowest round of the day to move into a tie for fifth. Schnell bogeyed his final hole on Saturday and carded a 7-under 65 on the Fazio Course. His 11-under score places him eight back of the leader with 18 holes left to play.
 
Schnell played in 20 Web.com Tour events, made nine cuts and posted three top 25s, two of which were top 10s. His best performance of the 2015 season came at the Colombia Championship in Bogota. After making the cut on the number, Schnell fired rounds of 65-66 on the weekend to grab a T8, his first top 10 in 24 Tour starts. His other top 10 came in July at the Nova Scotia Open in Canada where he fired 68-68 on the weekend for a T10.
 
Schnell attended the University of Nebraska and was an All-Big12 selection and three-time Academic All-Big 12. Other amateur accomplishments include a win at the 2003 Western Junior tournament and the 2006 North and South Amateur in Pinehurst, N.C.
 
Chase Marinell
Chase Marinell’s third-round 8-under-par 63 on the Champion Course is the lowest score of the week through 54 holes. Marinell opened his round with four consecutive birdies and went out in 29 (6 under). The 24-year-old from Cape Coral, Fla., added two more birdies on the back nine and sits at 9-under-par heading into the final round.
 
Marinell struggled on the Champions Course on Friday and carded a 38 on the front nine en route to a 1-over 72.
 
“It was one of those days where a lot went right,” said Marinell. “It was a special round, one of the best in my life.”
 
Scoring Averages for the week:
The Champion                         Front (36)        Back (35)         Total (71)
R1                                34.975             35.999             70.974
R2                                35.701             36.442             72.143
R3                                36.147             37.148             73.295
Cumulative                                                                 72.096
The Fazio                     Front (36)        Back (36)         Total (72)
R1                                35.389             35.324             70.623
R2                                35.321             35.731             71.052
R3                                35.988             35.525             71.513
Cumulative                                                                 71.063
 

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