Morse leads Champions Tour Q-School

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Champions TourCORAL SPRINGS, Fla. ' John Morse shot a 3-under 69 in cool, windy conditions Wednesday to take a three-stroke lead in the Champions Tour qualifying tournament.
 
Morse had an 8-under 136 total at TPC Eagle Trace. Mark Johnson (71) was second, and Jay Don Blake (71) and Robert Thompson (73) followed at 2 under.
 
Conditions were difficult out there today, Morse said. The winds were gusty at times and made it difficult, especially when you were putting downwind. But it turned out to be a good day for me. I made a couple of great saves and a couple of boo-boos, but it all worked out for me.
 
The top five after the final round Friday will receive full exempt status for the 2009 season, while the next seven players will be conditionally exempt. In addition, the top 30 finishers and ties will be eligible to compete for spots in open qualifiers at all co-sponsored events.