Short Jr. remains Champions Tour Q-School leader
Despite a rocky start, Wes Short Jr. remains in the lead at Champions Tour Q-School after three rounds at TPC Scottsdale in Arizona.
Short opened the day with a one-shot lead and finished it two ahead of Doug Garwood, with Scott Dunlap another shot back.
After a bogey at the second hole, Short carded three straight birdies – then double-bogeyed the sixth. Two birdies as he made the turn, followed by a birdie and eagle at the 16th and 17th, carried Short to a 66. He's one of 12 players to shoot three rounds in the 60s this week.
"I’ve been trying to play smart and take advantage of the par-5s this week and it’s worked out well so far," said Short, who turns 50 next month.
Garwood signed for a 67 and one of the day's five bogey-free rounds.
• SHORT SHOTS: Brian Cairns turned his third round into "moving day," climbing 24 spots to T-17; the top 30 and ties after the final round will gain the ability to play for spots in open qualifiers at all 2014 Champions Tour events that are co-sponsored. . . . Greg Bruckner shot Thursday's low round of 64 to move into fourth. . . . Mike Reid and Willie Wood moved into the top 10. . . . Rain in Friday's forecast moved final-round tee times an hour earlier, with play on both nines. . . . Jim Roy withdrew (kidney stones). . . . Bob Friend ended the round with a streak of 31 bogey-free holes intact. . . . The medalist will earn a $30,000 paycheck.