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PGA Tour: Allred, Gainey keeping calm

By RAY McCARTHY
Assistant Editor

WINTER GARDEN, Fla. – Jason Allred isn’t going to sit in his hotel room tonight and replay with delight the 8-under 64 he shot Friday in the third round of the final stage PGA Tour Q-School.

He and his wife of five years, Kimberly, are going to watch funny movies and think nothing of the two eagles and five birdies that put him in second place, five strokes behind red-hot Frank Lickliter II.

“We try to be intentional about renting funny movies and doing things to get our mind off of it,” said the soft-spoken 27-year-old. “I have a great wife. It’s nice to just have friendship and companionship on the road.”

Allred led the field with his 64 but still trails Lickliter, who followed up his blistering 62-62 start to Q-School with a ho-hum 4-under 68 to maintain the 54-hole lead at 24 under.

Lickliter, who bogeyed his second-to-last hole, declined an interview for the third consecutive day, but said he will speak about his torrid run through the final stage after Monday’s final round.

Playing in the same group on Orange County National’s Panther Lake Course, both Lickliter and Allred eagled the par-5 second from nearly the same spot on the green. Allred’s 210-yard approach was to a tough pin tucked on the far right side of the green.

“That was a great eagle,” he said. “I feel like it’s my natural shot right now. I did a good job of trusting it, and it worked out great.”

The long-hitting Allred set a gameplan early in the week to attack the nine par-5s between the Panther Lake and Crooked Cat courses, and he said he will maintain that aggressiveness the rest of the way.

“I’m really trying to get after them,” said Allred, who has four eagles on the week. “My goal is to play them aggressive and play solid everywhere else.”

Allred finished 74th on the 2007 Nationwide Tour money list with $81,071. He made 13 cuts in 29 events, including three top-10s and a season-best tie for 4th at the Northeast Pennsylvania Classic in August.

The Tenacious Tommy “Two Gloves”: If not for Allred’s 64, Tommy Gainey would have been crowned Friday’s medalist with his 7-under 65 on Panther Lake.

Known predominately for the fact that he wears two gloves when he plays golf and that he won the Big Break VII, Gainey (pictured, above) is impressing the field with his game and the numbers he’s posting.

Said one player’s caddie, “You see Two Gloves? Man, he takes a cut at it. Guy can play.”

Gainey’s 65 followed a 67-68 start, and he currently stands in third place at 16 under, a position he’d rather not think about.

“It’s six grueling days, and I’ve got myself in such a good position that I can’t let up,” Gainey said. “I’ve got to keep going after it.”

Gainey played in four Nationwide Tour events in ‘07 and missed the cut twice, but took away a tie for 8th at the Cox Classic in July.

Gainey has drawn upon his experience with the Big Break while playing in the final stage.

“Being on the Big Break, it’s pretty bad when you can hit a good shot and be eliminated,” said Gainey. “At least out here, if you do hit a bad shot, you have a lot of opportunities to make that shot up.”

Any takers?: Reynolds Robinson’s dream is to become a full-time caddie on the PGA Tour, and the 37-year-old was granted another step closer to that dream this week during the final stage of PGA Tour Q-School.

At the beginning of the week, Argentine Miguel Carballo walked into the pro shop at Orange County National in need of a caddie. Knowing his desire, Robinson’s superiors in the pro shop recommended him to Carballo.

“It’s huge. I love it. The people here know me well and they knew they weren’t throwing [Miguel] any old caddie,” Robinson said.

Carballo had a promising season on the ‘07 Nationwide Tour when he finished 31st with $177,711, but closing out his season with seven missed cuts in 10 events made him consider a caddie change.

“I thought it would be good for me to find my game,” Carballo said through a translator. “The caddie is like a tool, another club in the bag that can help you.”

Though he isn’t considering hiring Robinson full-time, Carballo appreciates the limited Spanish that Robinson speaks. During Carballo’s rounds, the two coordinate yardages in Spanish.

“Being around him has really sparked my interest to learn Spanish again,” said Robinson, who learned what he knows from a Paraguayan family friend he lived with in Phoenix. “There are a lot of good Hispanic players out there.”

Carballo birdied his last two holes to finish 2 under on the day. He stands at 5 under on the week.

Bubble boys: Through two rounds, there were 37 players inside the top-25 bubble. Through Friday’s third round, 32 Tour hopefuls were inside the top 25.

Quotes of the day: “What makes a good caddie is a good player.” – Victor Velasquez, Carlos Franco’s caddie.

“He doesn’t know what he’s talking about.” – Carlos Franco, in response to Velasquez.

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Ray McCarthy is a Golfweek assistant editor. To reach him e-mail rmccarthy@golfweek.com.

Scores with relation to par from the thirdround of PGA Tour Q-School, played Nov. 30 at Orange County National'spar-72, 7,493-yard Crooked Cat course (c) and par-72, 7,350-yardPanther Lake course (Note: top 25 and ties earn PGA Tour cards, nextnumber closest to 50 earn Nationwide Tour cards, remainder earn partialNationwide status; a-amateur):

1. Frank Lickliter II 62p-62c-68p—192

-24 2. Jason Allred 66c-67p-64p—197

-19 3. Tommy Gainey 67p-68c-65p—200

-16 4. Jim McGovern 68c-66p-68p—202

-14 5. Travis Perkins 67c-67p-69p—203

-13 6. Tag Ridings 68p-69c-67p—204

-12 6. Brett Rumford 66c-70p-68p—204

-12 6. Alejandro Canizares 72c-62p-70p—204

-12 6. Brendon de Jonge 62p-71c-71p—204

-12 10. Chris Stroud 69p-68c-69p—206

-10 10. Hunter Haas 70p-66c-70p—206

-10 10. David Lutterus 66p-70c-70p—206

-10 10. Dustin Johnson 72c-67p-67p—206

-10 10. Darren Angel 71p-67c-68p—206

-10 10. Josh Broadaway 69c-71p-66p—206

-10 16. D.H. Lee 67p-70c-70p—207

-9 16. Jin Park 70c-66p-71p—207

-9 16. Skip Kendall 72c-67p-68p—207

-9 16. Kent Jones 70p-69c-68p—207

-9 16. Jon Rusk 68c-70p-69p—207

-9 21. Brad Fritsch 69p-68c-71p—208

-8 21. Peter Tomasulo 69p-73c-66c—208

-8 21. Ryan Palmer 70c-66p-72p—208

-8 21. Jarrod Lyle 71c-71p-66c—208

-8 21. Greg Chalmers 72c-67p-69p—208

-8 21. Bryan Decorso 68p-70c-70p—208

-8 21. Cody Freeman 73p-65c-70p—208

-8 21. Kevin Streelman 71p-68c-69p—208

-8 21. Doug LaBelle II 68c-70p-70p—208

-8 21. Bob Sowards 72c-67p-69p—208

-8 21. David Mathis 71c-67p-70p—208

-8 21. Yong-Eun Yang 70c-68p-70p—208

-8 33. Bob Heintz 67c-70p-72p—209

-7 33. Spencer Levin 72p-68c-69p—209

-7 33. Patrick Damron 70p-70c-69p—209

-7 33. David McKenzie 70p-71c-68p—209

-7 33. Harrison Frazar 67c-69p-73p—209

-7 33. Geoffrey Sisk 70p-71c-68p—209

-7 33. Parker McLachlin 70p-71c-68p—209

-7 33. Kenneth Ferrie 69c-70p-70p—209

-7 33. Greg Owen 69c-70p-70p—209

-7 33. Richard S. Johnson 70c-69p-70p—209

-7 33. Tee McCabe 70c-68p-71p—209

-7 33. Darron Stiles 70p-68c-71p—209

-7 33. Adam Fox 71c-66p-72p—209

-7 46. Chris Tidland 71c-71p-68c—210

-6 46. Brad Adamonis 72p-68c-70p—210

-6 46. Josh McCumber 69p-73c-68c—210

-6 46. Wade Ormsby 73c-67p-70p—210

-6 46. John Merrick 68c-69p-73p—210

-6 46. Dicky Pride 70p-67c-73p—210

-6 46. J.J. Killeen 72c-70p-68c—210

-6 46. Todd Demsey 67c-68p-75p—210

-6 46. Bob May 69p-73c-68c—210

-6 46. Bubba Dickerson 70p-71c-69p—210

-6 46. Mike Wendling 71p-68c-71p—210

-6 46. Carlos Franco 68c-71p-71p—210

-6 46. Rick Price 70p-69c-71p—210

-6 46. Kevin Johnson 69p-70c-71p—210

-6 46. Tom Carter 69p-70c-71p—210

-6 46. Oskar Bergman 70p-69c-71p—210

-6 46. Matthew Every 66p-72c-72p—210

-6 46. Matt Hansen 67p-73c-70p—210

-6 46. Bill Lunde 68c-69p-73p—210

-6 65. Esteban Toledo 70c-70p-71p—211

-5 65. Steve Lowery 73c-69p-69c—211

-5 65. Miguel Angel Carballo 69p-72c-70p—211

-5 65. Scott Parel 71p-70c-70p—211

-5 65. Henrik Bjornstad 74p-67c-70p—211

-5 65. Andrew Bonhomme 70p-69c-72p—211

-5 65. Daisuke Maruyama 71c-68p-72p—211

-5 65. Won Joon Lee 71p-68c-72p—211

-5 65. Tyler Williamson 70c-68p-73p—211

-5 65. Ted Purdy 68p-71c-72p—211

-5 65. Grant Waite 71c-73p-67c—211

-5 65. Tim Wilkinson 73c-70p-68c—211

-5 65. B.J. Staten 71p-67c-73p—211

-5 65. Sebastian Fernandez 70p-68c-73p—211

-5 79. Andrew Buckle 73p-73c-66c—212

-4 79. Pat Bates 69p-71c-72p—212

-4 79. David Schultz 68c-73p-71p—212

-4 79. Bret Guetz 75p-69c-68c—212

-4 79. Kyle Reifers 69c-70p-73p—212

-4 79. Tom Johnson 70c-68p-74p—212

-4 79. Kris Blanks 73p-70c-69c—212

-4 79. Jeremy Anderson 74p-69c-69c—212

-4 79. Ben Willman 75c-68p-69c—212

-4 79. Scott Harrington 72p-70c-70c—212

-4 79. Brenden Pappas 73p-70c-69c—212

-4 79. Gavin Coles 68p-72c-72p—212

-4 79. David Roesch 73p-67c-72p—212

-4 92. Chris Riley 72p-70c-71c—213

-3 92. Steve Allan 71p-69c-73p—213

-3 92. Brendan Steele 73p-69c-71c—213

-3 92. Jeremy Pope 70p-70c-73p—213

-3 92. Marco Dawson 73p-68c-72p—213

-3 92. Vance Veazey 72c-70p-71c—213

-3 92. Chad Ginn 71c-70p-72c—213

-3 92. Tyler Aldridge 71c-70p-72c—213

-3 92. Rob Bradley 74c-67p-72p—213

-3 92. Brian Stuard 73c-71p-69c—213

-3 92. Chris Nallen 70c-74p-69c—213

-3 92. Scott Gutschewski 68p-71c-74p—213

-3 92. Garth Mulroy 71c-72p-70c—213

-3 92. Kris Cox 74p-72c-67c—213

-3 92. Brad Lamb 68c-74p-71c—213

-3 107. Chris Kirk 71c-73p-70c—214

-2 107. Daniel Summerhays 73c-72p-69c—214

-2 107. Notah Begay III 75p-70c-69c—214

-2 110. Chris Kamin 72c-70p-73c—215

-1 110. Jonathan Fricke 75p-71c-69c—215

-1 110. Mike Sposa 70p-72c-73c—215

-1 110. Christo Greyling 70c-72p-73c—215

-1 110. Keoke Cotner 70p-72c-73c—215

-1 110. D.A. Points 67p-74c-74p—215

-1 110. Gibby Gilbert III 73c-69p-73c—215

-1 110. Craig Lile 73c-68p-74p—215

-1 110. Anders Hultman 72p-72c-71c—215

-1 110. Jim Herman 73c-70p-72c—215

-1 110. Jeff Klauk 74c-71p-70c—215

-1 110. Brad Weesner 72p-73c-70c—215

-1 110. Reid Edstrom 75p-70c-70c—215

-1 110. Jason Schultz 75c-70p-70c—215

-1 124. Casey Wittenberg 72c-74p-70c—216

E 124. Jeff Gove 72p-74c-70c—216

E 124. Matt Bettencourt 74c-73p-69c—216

E 124. Chris Anderson 71p-71c-74c—216

E 124. Bradley Iles 72p-70c-74c—216

E 124. Pete Jordan 70p-71c-75c—216

E 124. Chris Smith 75c-69p-72c—216

E 124. Mark Walker 74p-70c-72c—216

E 124. Steve Hart 71p-73c-72c—216

E 124. Matthew Call 73c-71p-72c—216

E 124. Duffy Waldorf 74c-69p-73c—216

E 124. Brendon Todd 72p-73c-71c—216

E 124. Scott Gordon 73p-72c-71c—216

E 124. John Kimbell 70c-70p-76p—216

E 124. Randy Leen 73p-73c-70c—216

E 139. Craig Kanada 72p-69c-76p—217
+ 1 139. Alex Prugh 72c-69p-76c—217
+ 1 139. Colt Knost 75c-70p-72c—217
+ 1 139. Cameron Percy 73c-70p-74c—217
+ 1 139. Garrett Osborn 74p-71c-72c—217
+ 1 139. Steve Pate 72p-71c-74c—217
+ 1 139. Zoran Zorkic 71c-72p-74c—217
+ 1 146. Tommy Tolles 73c-75p-70c—218
+ 2 146. Keith Nolan 70p-74c-74c—218
+ 2 146. Craig Bowden 72c-72p-74c—218
+ 2 146. Chris Parra 73p-73c-72c—218
+ 2 150. Scott Piercy 73c-74p-73c—220
+ 4 150. Andres Gonzales 75p-73c-72c—220
+ 4 152. Todd Fischer 72c-75p-74c—221
+ 5 152. Greg Kraft 74c-73p-74c—221
+ 5 152. Nick Malinowski 72p-75c-74c—221
+ 5 152. Brent Delahoussaye 73c-75p-73c—221
+ 5 152. Kieran Staunton 77c-72p-72c—221
+ 5 152. Spike McRoy 76p-75c-70c—221
+ 5 152. Franklin Langham 71c-73p-77c—221
+ 5 152. Madalitso Muthiya 72c-71p-78c—221
+ 5 160. Ian Leggatt 77p-71c-74c—222
+ 6 160. Michael Boyd 77c-73p-72c—222
+ 6 160. Jason Dufner 75c-76p-71c—222
+ 6 160. a-Seung-su Han 74c-69p-79c—222
+ 6 164. Lee Curry 76c-73p-74c—223
+ 7 165. Kelly Sellers 73c-78p-74c—225
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