Svensson in control at Tour qualifying

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Adam Svensson (Keyur Khamar/ PGA TOUR)

Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. – Canadian Adam Svensson continues to lead the Tour Qualifying Tournament in commanding fashion after firing a second consecutive 6-under 65 on the Fazio Course at PGA National Resort & Spa to take an eight-stroke lead over Michigan native Ryan Brehm (66) after three rounds.

Jason Millard (65) is alone in third after carding back-to-back 65s on the Fazio Course.

Svensson quickly settled into his round with an eagle on his first hole of the day at the par-5 first hole with a towering 3-wood to give him a good look at his second eagle of the tournament.

“I hit it to about 25 feet and rolled it in,” said Svensson, who also eagled the par-5 third hole on the Champion Course in the first round. “I wasn’t anxious or nervous but it did settle me down a little bit and I was able to cruise for a couple of holes after that.”

Svensson continued to cruise through the windy conditions that challenged players for most of the day, but the 21-year-old was unfazed and added five more birdies, including two on his final two holes to extend his lead.

“I like playing in the wind,” said Svensson, who has only managed two bogeys through three rounds. “I grew up playing in the wind and am used to a low ball flight so it was kind of an ordinary day for me out there.”

After finding success on both the Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada and the Tour in 2015, a win at the Tour Qualifying Tournament would provide brimming confidence for the Palm Beach Gardens resident heading into the 2016 Tour Regular Season.

“Obviously we are all trying to play for that No. 1 spot to have full status, but it would be big knowing I can compete with these guys,” he said.

Svensson will look to secure that No. 1 spot with his second trip around the Champion Course on Sunday. The former Barry University Buccaneer breezed through the tougher of the two tracks in the opening round with six birdies and an eagle en route to a 7-under 64.

“Par is your friend on the Champion Course, especially when it is windy,” he said. “So I’ll just stick to my original game plan again like I did today and it should be fun.”

Players will be repaired for the final round according to scores. The leaders will play the Champion Course in the final round.