Short remains on top at Champions Q-School
Scottsdale, AZ (SportsNetwork.com) - Wes Short, Jr. birdied the final two holes on Wednesday to remain atop the leaderboard after two rounds of the Champions Tour Q-School.
Short, who won in Las Vegas in 2005 on the PGA Tour, finished 36 holes at 12- under-par 130 after a second-round 66. He had been one of four co-leaders after the first round.
"It's a four-day event and I need to keep playing like I did today," said Short.
Bill Glasson and Doug Garwood, who shared the first-round lead, both carded 4- under 67s to dip one shot back at minus-11. Jim Rutledge also shot 67 to end alone in fourth at 10-under-par 132 at TPC Scottsdale's Champions Course.
Scott Dunlap fired a 7-under 64, the low round of the day, to soar into a tie for fifth place at minus-9. He stands alongside P.H. Horgan III (66) and Ben Bates (68). Mike Reid is one stroke back after a second-round 66.
Jeff Freeman, the other first-round co-leader, struggled to a 2-over 73 and fell into a share of 26th place at 5-under-par 137.
Glasson, who played in the penultimate group, carded back-to-back birdies from the fourth, then poured in three consecutive birdies from the eighth. Another birdied at the 13th gave Glasson a share of the lead at minus-13, but he closed with a double-bogey on No. 18 to end one back.
Garwood had seven pars and a birdie over his first eight holes. He drained back-to-back eagles at nine and 10 to jump into a tie for the lead at minus-12.
The 50-year-old gave three of the four shots back over the next two holes with a bogey on 11 and a double-bogey at the 12th. Garwood fought back from those mistakes with birdies at 13 and 14. He got to 12-under with a birdie at the 17th, but closed with a bogey at the last to end one back.
After those two stumbled late, that left Short atop the leaderboard. Short started with a birdie at the first, then traded a bogey for birdie from the fourth.
Short birdied the eighth and ninth to move to 10-under. He birdied the 12th, but gave that shot back with a bogey on the par-3 13th. Short converted birdie chances on the final two holes to pass Glasson and Garwood for the lead.
"I hit it close four times over the first eight holes and it was nice to start off with an eagle. I then made a 30-footer for birdie at No. 18 and another 30-footer for birdie at the second hole. It was just a perfect day to play and if you kept the ball in play off the tee, you were going to have short irons into these holes," Short said.
NOTES: The top five players after four rounds will earn their Champions Tour card for 2013, while the next seven will gain conditional status on tour ... Joe Daley and Eduardo Romero, both former Champions Tour major champions, are tied for ninth at 7-under 135 ... There are 23 former PGA Tour and Champions Tour winners in the field.
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