Short cruises to Champions Q-School win|
Scottsdale, AZ (SportsNetwork.com) - Wes Short, Jr. closed with a 3-under 68
on Friday and cruised to a 5-stroke win at the Champions Tour Q-School.
Short ended at 20-under-par 264, which matched the tournament's 72-hole
scoring record Jeff Freeman set in 2011.
Jim Rutledge fired a 6-under 65 in damp conditions to grab a share of second
place. He ended alongside Mike Reid (69) at minus-15.
Doug Garwood (74), Jeff Hart (67), Scott Dunlap (73), Willie Wood (71) and
Greg Bruckner (72) shared fourth place at 12-under-par 272.
The start of the final round was delayed for three hours after an inch of rain
fell on TPC Scottsdale's Champions Course. That was the first rain in 72 days
at the course. Rain continued off and on through the day, which led officials
to allow players to use lift, clean and place rules.
Short, who led by two at the start of the final round, made sure no one would
challenge him as he birdied three of the first four holes to stretch his lead
After a pair of pars, he tripped to a bogey on the par-4 seventh. He traded a
birdie for a bogey from the 10th. Short converted a birdie try on the par-3
13th, then parred the last five holes to seal the wire-to-wire win.
"I didn't think we'd finish today even if we managed to get started, which
didn't look like it was going to happen early. It really helped me to get off
to the start that I did. It allowed me to play more conservative the rest of
the way, especially near the end," said Short. "I'm now really looking forward
to the Champions Tour."
NOTES: Short, who won once on the PGA Tour, turns 50 in December and will have
fully exempt status for next year ... Gene Jones, last year's winner, tripped
to a 2-over 73 and fell into a share of 31st place at minus-6 ... There will
be a playoff on Saturday to determine the top-5 finishers, who all get fully
exempt status next year, and the following seven finishers, who will have
partially exempt status for 2014.
11/22 21:23:27 ET