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Albany's Broadaway slips slightly during Q-School's third round

Photo by Danny Aller

Photo by Danny Aller

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Josh Broadaway isn't panicking.

He's been here too many times before. And he knows there's a whole lot of golf left to play.

However, Broadaway knows he could've played a little better during the third round Friday of the PGA Tour's Q-School in South Florida, as the Albany native slipped from a tie for 8th overall to a tie for 13th, but is still well in range to earn his first PGA Tour card should he end the six-round tournament, which finishes Monday, in the Top 25, including ties. Broadaway fired a 2-under Friday, matching his first round score, but one off his best round of 3-under in the second round Thursday.

"I played pretty solid (Friday overall), I just didn't hole many putts," Broadaway said in a text message to The Herald late Friday evening. "Weather was perfect; dead calm. That's why the scores were so low (from most of the players). We had rain come late, which is why some didn't finish."

This is Broadaway's fifth try at Q-School -- and he's come close before. He added that he feels good about his chances this go round because of how well he's been playing in the weeks and months leading up to the event.

"I just have to keep doing what I'm doing and the rest will take care of itself," he wrote.

Leading after three days was J.P. Hayes, who shot a 9-under 63 on Friday to grab the lead before thunderstorms forced the suspension of third-round play.

Hayes' bogey-free round on the Links Course at Bear Lakes Country Club left him at 12-under 204, a stroke ahead of Graham Delaet (64) and Brenden Pappas (65). Troy Merritt, the leader after each of the first two days, was 12 under with two holes left. While the Top 25 earn cards for 2010, roughly 50 will get exemptions on the Nationwide Tour, which Broadaway has played on the last five years.

The 44-year-old Hayes earned notoriety last year for disqualifying himself at Q-school when he discovered he inadvertently used a ball that had not yet been approved for tournament play.

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The Associated Press contributed to this reports