Kim leads at Q-School

South Korean prospect Kim Meen-whee remains top of the PGA Tour Qualifying Tournament leaderboard at the halfway stage in California.

The top 25 places at Q-School, including ties, are rewarded with a PGA card for 2013 and Kim currently leads the way on 18 under after three rounds.

He signed for a five-under 67 today to leave him one clear of Sweden's Robert Karlsson, whose seven-under 65 left him 17 under for the tournament.

Karlsson hit nine birdies at the Jack Nicklaus Course, but surrendered strokes at the fifth and eighth.

Edward Loar is the highest placed American in the field, one shot further back in third place.

He carded 66 after recovering from a bogey at the first to record seven birdies.

A handful of players matched Karlsson's 65 for the joint rounds of the day, including former European Ryder Cup star Ross Fisher - now tied for ninth - and Kim's compatriot Lee Dong-hwan.

Brett Bergeron's hopes of landing a place on the tour look fanciful after he broke 80 for the third round in a row. He lies at the bottom of the 171-strong field on 20 over par.