With four straight rounds in the 60s at TPC Scottsdale, Wes Short, Jr. earned medalist honors at Champions Tour Q-School, leading a group of five men that will be fully eligible for the 2014 season on the over-50 circuit.
Short finished the 72-hole event at 20-under 264, having led most of the way after opening with a 7-under 64. Still two weeks shy of his 50th birthday, he ended up five shots clear of Jim Rutledge and Mike Reid, who has a pair of Champions Tour majors to his credit.
"I missed so much competitive golf and really haven’t been in golf shape for about the last six years," said Short, whose lone PGA Tour win came at the 2005 Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. "I really prepared hard for this Q-School and felt like my game was back in pretty good shape when I got here this week. I’m now really looking forward to the Champions Tour.”
The final two fully-eligible spots for 2014 were claimed by Scott Dunlap and Jeff Hart, who both successfully emerged from playoffs Saturday morning. The next group of seven finishers will receive conditional status next season, including Willie Wood, who won twice on the circuit in 2012. All players who finished inside the top 30 will be eligible to compete in open qualifiers, a group that includes Lance Ten Broeck, Eduardo Romero, Bill Glasson, Jim Gallagher, Jr. and former major winner Joe Daley.
Damon Green, who spends most of his year caddying for Zach Johnson, finished the week at 2-over 286, tied for 52nd alongside Bobby Clampett.