Jones wins Champions Q-School
Coral Springs, FL (Sports Network) - Gene Jones shot 2-under 70 on Friday to win the Champions Tour Q-School and earn full exemption on the tour next season.
The top-5 finishers in this tournament received full exemptions on the Champions Tour for 2013.
Jones finished at 13-under 275, Jeff Brehaut shot 68 on Friday to take second place at 10-under and Mark Mouland (72) placed third at 7-under.
"It's been a crazy couple of years." said Jones. "I had problems with kidney stones back in 2010 while on tour and then didn't play at all in 2011 and in just five events this year. I felt good playing here at this course. I've had some success here and it was a little bit of a benefit for sure coming back here."
The final two Champions Tour cards came down to a playoff, as John Riegger, Jim Rutledge, Esteban Toledo and Chie-Hsiang Lin all tied for fourth at minus-6.
Rutledge came out of the playoff in fourth place and Riegger took fifth to also secure an exemption. Lin and Toledo ended in sixth and seventh, respectively, and received conditional status for next year.
Five other players received conditional status for 2013: defending champion Jeff Freeman, Anders Forsbrand, Neal Lancaster, T.C. Wang and Steve Jones.
Additionally, the top-30 finishers will be eligible to compete for spots in open qualifiers at all co-sponsored events next year.
Gene Jones, who made five Champions Tour starts this year, was the co- leader after two rounds before firing a 68 on Thursday to grab sole possession of the top spot.
The 55-year-old entered Friday four strokes clear of Mouland, then fired five birdies during his final round to secure the win.
Jones held a comfortable lead when he stumbled to a bogey/double-bogey stretch starting on No. 12, but he recovered with birdies on Nos. 16 and 17 to stay in front.
"I had the same problem on 12 and 13 again as I did yesterday," said Jones. "You just never know what's going to happen. I put two bad swings on it and I probably should have hit 3-wood on both of those, but its tour school and you just can't let up at any time."
NOTES: The $200,000 purse for this event was divided amongst the top-30 finishers, with first place garnering $30,000 ... Freeman was back in the field after ending in 61st place on the Champions Tour money list this season.
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