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Bob Gilder all-but secured his 2001 Senior PGA Tour card Thursday by firing a 6-under-par 66 to take an eight-shot lead into the final round of the final stage of the Senior PGA Tour Qualifying Tournament.
 
Playing with a sprained left ankle and a host of kidney stones, Gilder was 7-under through 11 holes in the third round, but bogeyed two of his final three holes to finish the day at 18-under-par for the tournament. Nonetheless, the six-time PGA Tour winner is a full eight shots clear of a quartet of others at the Eagle Pines course in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
 
'I'm hurting a bit, but maybe that's a good thing,' said Gilder, who will turn 50 on December 31. 'Hopefully, I can keep this up and we'll be on our way tomorrow.'
 
Former PGA Tour player and television sportscaster Terry Mauney (67) is tied for second place with Jim Holtgrieve (68), Tony Peterson (71) and Bill Holstead (75). Holstead led after each of the first two rounds, but was thirteen shots higher on Thursday than he was in his opening-round 62.
 
The top-eight players (no ties) will earn full exemptions into all co-sponsored events on the 2001 Senior PGA Tour. The following eight players (no ties) will receive conditional exemptions.
 
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