LA QUINTA, Calif. -- The players in the final round of the PGA Tour Qualifying Tournament here will have more than pressure with which to concern themselves. The wind has returned to the desert after a one-day hiatus.
The forecast from on-site meteorologist Jeff Kendra calls for temperatures to reach the mid 60s, accompanied by 10 to 20 mile-per-hour winds with gusts to 25 mph.
Marco Dawson, 48, holds a three-stroke lead and is scheduled to tee off at 9:55 a.m. on the Nicklaus Tournament Course (PST), with Stephen Gangluff and Harris English. The Nicklaus is the easier of the two courses, with a scoring average of 71.578 through five rounds. The Stadium Course has played to a scoring average of 72.682.
The top 25 and ties (among those who haven't already qualified) will receive full exemptions for the 2012 PGA Tour season.
-- John Strege