Short cruises to Champions Q-School win

The Sports NetworkNovember 22, 2013 

Scottsdale, AZ ( - 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 to five.

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.

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