SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP)—Steve Haskins shot his second straight 6-under 65 onThursday to take a four-stroke lead over Ronnie Black after the third round ofthe Champions Tour National Qualifying Tournament.
Haskins, the 51-year-old son of late Hall of Fame basketball coach DonHaskins, had a 17-under 199 total on TPC Scottsdale’s Champions Course.
Black, a two-time winner on the PGA Tour, shot a 64.
Peter Senior , a winner of 19 tournaments in Australia as well as four eventson the PGA European Tour, had a 68 to join Curt Byrum (68) at 12 under.
Haskins played 16 years on the Nationwide Tour, then quit professional golffour years ago to join T&T Staff Management, an El Paso-based employee leasingcompany.
On the Nationwide Tour, Haskins’ lone official victory came in the 1991 NewEngland Classic. He also won the rain-shortened 2001 Ozarks Open.
At the end of four rounds, the top five finishers will be fully exempt forthe 2010 season, while the next seven will be conditionally exempt. In addition,the top 30 and ties will be eligible to compete for spots in open qualifiers atall co-sponsored events on the Champions Tour next year.