Claxton holds two-shot lead after Day 4 of six-day PGA Tour Q-School

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Veteran Marco Dawson climbed all the way to second place after a 67 on Saturday that tied the best score of the day.
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Series: PGA Tour

Will Claxton shot a 2-under 70 on Saturday on PGA West's Nicklaus Tournament Course to maintain his two-stroke lead after the fourth round of the PGA Tour Qualifying Tournament.

Claxton had a 15-under 273 total.

The top 25 in the six-round event will earn 2012 PGA Tour cards.

Marco Dawson was second after a 67 on the Nicklaus course.

Harris English and South Korean Noh Seung-yul were equal third at 11 under. English shot a 70 and Noh had a 72 -- both on the Nicklaus course.

Windy conditions made low-scoring difficult, as only five players in the 167-man field bettered Claxton's score of 70, and with two rounds remaining the former Auburn University player looks to be heading for a 2012 card, having led all the way so far.

Noh had a 72 to follow Friday's 64, while English matched Claxton's 70.

Australian Matt Jones went backward from a tie for second to a tie for 21st after a 78 that contained two double bogeys.

Ryan Yip was among the players level with Jones on 5 under par for the week, having moved in the other direction, shooting up from 107th with a 67.

Vaughn Taylor, a former U.S. Ryder Cup player, fell a place to sixth with a steady 73.

A total of 25 cards for 2012 are up for grabs, with several former major champions competing.

The 2002 PGA Championship winner Rich Beem had moved into contention after a third round of 67, but an 80 saw him tumble to a tied for 102nd on 3 over for the week.

David Duval, the former British Open champion and world No. 1, has scored consistently across his four rounds but needs to make a move. Rounds of 72, 72, 73 and 73 have left him 2 over.

Shaun Micheel, the 2003 PGA Champion, is sharing 55th place after a 71 put him 1 under.

Two-time U.S. Open winner Lee Janzen followed Friday's 68 with a handy 71, bearing in mind the conditions, to stand tied for 41st on 3 under. Jeff Maggert, who played on three Ryder Cup teams in the 1990s, was also 3 under after a 75, as was England's Greg Owen following a 69.

Former Ryder Cup player Boo Weekley drifted to 4 over after a 78.