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By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour

Williams holds up his ball after making a hole-in-one on No. 8

When Will Claxton, who had just signed for a three-under 69 at PGA West’s Stadium course to get to 13-under through 54 holes, found out Lee Williams, his best pal, had made an ace on the Nicklaus Tournament course, his face lit up with a big smile. Claxton asked me, “Which hole? What’s he at (score)?” The eighth hole (with an easy 7-iron) and I wasn’t sure.

“Lee’s the only person who I know what he’s shooting,” he said. “I know his score because we’re good friends and always rooting for each other.”

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Oh no...not now...no, please...uh oh...no...wait...oh, crap.

Thirteen pre-qualifier tournaments, thirteen first-stage events and six second-stage events later, the pool of thousands of golfers hoping to re(earn) their place on the PGA Tour in 2012 has been dwindled down to 173 players, ranging from recent college grads, mini-tour grinders, journeymen, has-beens, major champs, former Tour winners, past Ryder Cup members and guys who had a tough season. All of whom will kick off the grueling six-round, 108-hole marathon at PGA West’s Nicklaus Tournament and Stadium courses this morning. At the finish line, the top 25 (and ties) will collect their cards.

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