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Scott Dunlap during the 2012 Zurich Classic of New Orleans.
Scott Dunlap during the 2012 Zurich Classic of New Orleans.

Scott Dunlap and Jeff Hart each made par on the first hole of a playoff Saturday at Champions Tour Q-School in Scottsdale, Ariz., to earn their 2014 Champions Tour cards.

The other three players in the playoff – Greg Bruckner, Willie Wood and Doug Garwood – earn conditional status and are listed in order of priority. Mark Mouland, Ben Bates and Jeff Coston earned conditional status in a second playoff, and are listed in order of priority.

Wes Short Jr. took medalist honors while Mike Reid and Jim Rutledge also earned their cards on Friday. Click here to read more.

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Bill Zimmerman
Wes Short Jr. during the 2012 Chiquita Classic.
Wes Short Jr. during the 2012 Chiquita Classic.

A three-hour rain delay forced Champions Tour Q-School play to run into darkness and a playoff to extend into Saturday in Scottsdale, Ariz.

But there was enough time for Wes Short Jr. to take medalist honors along with a $30,000 check and fully exempt status for 2014.

Short was five shots ahead of Mike Reid and Jim Rutledge when regulation play ended – the largest margin for a medalist since Bob Gilder in 2000.

Holing birdie putts at the first, third and fourth holes, Short led by as many as six and played the back nine in 1 under to ...

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Bill Zimmerman
Wes Short Jr. during the 2013 Sony Open.
Wes Short Jr. during the 2013 Sony Open.

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 ...

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Wes Short Jr. during the 2013 Chitimacha Louisiana Open.
Wes Short Jr. during the 2013 Chitimacha Louisiana Open.

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Wes Short Jr. had birdies on his last two holes for a 5-under 66 during the second round of the Champions Tour's Q-School at TPC Scottsdale on Wednesday.

Short, who leads Doug Garwood and Bill Glasson by a shot, was at 12-under 130 on the Champions Course.

His seven-birdie round on Wednesday included a two-putt birdie from 40 feet at the par-5 17th and a 12-foot birdie putt at No. 18 that moved him in front.

“It takes a bit of getting used to and the ball travels different distances throughout the day depending on the temperatures ...

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November 20, 2013 | 10:56 a.m.

4 share lead at Champions Tour Q-School

Bill Glasson during the 2013 Greater Gwinnett Championship on Champions Tour.
Bill Glasson during the 2013 Greater Gwinnett Championship on Champions Tour.

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Wes Short, Jr., Jeff Freeman, Doug Garwood and Bill Glasson all carded 7-under 64s to share the first-round lead at the Champions Tour Q-School at TPC Scottsdale.

With conditions ideal for scoring, Short started the event with a five-foot eagle putt on his first hole (par-5 10th) and then added five more birdies on his next 10 holes.

Short then had seven consecutive pars for his 64.

A winner of the 2005 Michelin Championship at Las Vegas on the PGA Tour, Short has had back problems over the past three years and played on the PGA Tour on ...

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Adam Schupak
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When the final stage of Champions Tour Q-School gets under way at TPC Scottsdale today through Nov. 22), some of the 78 pros in the field will be playing hooky from their day jobs.

After a decade-long absence as touring pros, Charles Raulerson and Doug Dunakey are back with Champions Tour cards dancing in their eyes.

Raulerson, who turns 50 in January and is first alternate this week, left the pro ranks in 2003 to help raise his daughter, who is autistic, and run a golf-course management company he started in Jacksonville, Fla.

“I’ve worked my butt off for ...

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Jeff Rude
Davis Love III during the 2013 McGladrey Classic on PGA Tour.
Davis Love III during the 2013 McGladrey Classic on PGA Tour.

Jeff Rude’s “Hate To Be Rude” column appears on Golfweek.com on Wednesday.

Just like that, yesterday’s kids are tomorrow’s seniors. The Champions Tour rookie class of 2014 not only is large and impressive, it might make you feel old.

I mean, Davis Love III, Scott Verplank, Billy Andrade and Lee Janzen turn 50 next year, and I’m fairly certain I remember watching them before they could shave.

The new crop also includes Woody Austin, Jeff Maggert, Joe Durant, Stephen Ames, Paul Goydos, Kevin Sutherland and Skip Kendall.

It’s an uncharacteristically big infusion, perhaps the ...

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Jeff Rude
Jeff Sluman (left) reads a putt with an assist from Brad Faxon during the final round of the 2013 Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf, which they won.
Jeff Sluman (left) reads a putt with an assist from Brad Faxon during the final round of the 2013 Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf, which they won.

The PGA Tour remains optimistic that it will secure a new sponsor and venue for the Champions Tour's Legends of Golf tournament, said Ric Clarson, the Tour's senior vice president for market development. The event likely would have the same slot on the schedule, April 25-27.

After a change of leadership, Liberty Mutual this year chose not to extend the longest-running title sponsorship in golf. The tournament’s relationship with the Boston-based insurance company extended to 1978, pre-dating the creation of the Champions Tour.

“We’re deep in discussions with a couple sponsor prospects and are still optimistic ...

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Brentley Romine
Jeff Sluman (left) reads a putt with an assist from Brad Faxon during the final round of the 2013 Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf, which they won.
Jeff Sluman (left) reads a putt with an assist from Brad Faxon during the final round of the 2013 Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf, which they won.

The Liberty Mutual Insurance Legends of Golf will not be returning for a 12th year in 2014.

Champions Tour president Mike Stevens announced Monday that a new title sponsor could not be found for the Savannah, Ga., tournament. Liberty Mutual Insurance notified the Tour earlier this year that it would not continue its sponsorship of the event.

"Upon receiving notification from Liberty Mutual Insurance earlier this year of its decision not to continue title sponsorship of the Legends of Golf event after 2013, the Tour initiated a search for a new title sponsor. Unfortunately, the efforts to this point have ...

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Fred Couples during his win in the 2013 Charles Schwab Cup Championship in San Francisco.
Fred Couples during his win in the 2013 Charles Schwab Cup Championship in San Francisco.

SAN FRANCISCO – While Fred Couples won the Champions Tour's season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship on Sunday, Kenny Perry topped the yearlong points race to earn a $1 million annuity.

Couples ended a 16-event winless streak dating to the Senior British Open in July 2012, closing with a 2-under 69 for a six-stroke victory over Bernhard Langer, Peter Senior and Mark O'Meara. The Hall of Famer has nine victories in four seasons on the 50-and-over tour after winning 15 times on the PGA Tour.

"It's great to win. It seems like four years ago," Couples said. "Now I ...

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Fred Couples during the third round of the Champions Tour's 2013 Senior Players Championship.
Fred Couples during the third round of the Champions Tour's 2013 Senior Players Championship.

SAN FRANCISCO — Fred Couples extended his lead to five strokes Saturday after the third round of the Champions Tour's season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship.

Winless this season, Couples shot a 3-under 68 to reach 15-under 198 at TPC Harding Park.

Mark O'Meara was second after a 67. Defending champion Tom Lehman had the best round of the day, a 65, to join Bart Bryant and Peter Senior at 9 under. Bryant shot 70, and Senior had a 72.

Charles Schwab Cup points leader Kenny Perry was tied for seventh at 7 under after a 67. Bernhard Langer, needing ...

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Fred Couples
Fred Couples

SAN FRANCISCO — Fred Couples took the second-round lead Friday in the Charles Schwab Cup Championship, shooting his second straight 6-under 65 in the Champions Tour's season-ending event.

Winless this season with four runner-up finishes, Couples had a bogey-free round at TPC Harding Park.

"This is a big event," Couples said. "These are the best players on the tour and I want to win. I'm certainly not playing any better because I want to win. I want to win at Birmingham, Seattle, Chicago, Newport and everywhere else I finished second."

First-round leader Peter Senior bogeyed the 18th for a ...

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Peter Senior
Peter Senior

Peter Senior is a big winner in Australia. He'd like at least one win in the United States.

He got off to a good start Thursday in the Charles Schwab Cup Championship, shooting an 8-under 63 to take a one-stroke lead in the Champions Tour's season-ending event.

The 54-year-old Senior had nine birdies, an eagle and three bogeys at TPC Harding Park to match the event first-round record set by Jim Thorpe in his 2003 victory at Sonoma Golf Club.

"That was probably the best round of golf I've played this year," Senior said. "I putted well ...

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Michael Allen of the Champions Tour during the 2013 U.S. Senior Open.
Michael Allen of the Champions Tour during the 2013 U.S. Senior Open.

CONOVER, N.C. – Michael Allen won the Greater Hickory Classic on Sunday for his fourth Champions Tour title, beating Olin Browne with a birdie on the first hole of a playoff.

Allen closed with a 5-under 65, also birdieing the par-5 18th in regulation to match Browne at 13-under 197 at Rock Barn. Browne shot a 64, charging to the lead with seven birdies over a nine-hole stretch.

In the playoff, Allen put his second shot within 10 feet, and Browne hooked his second shot badly into the rough off the green. Allen's eagle putt just lipped out, and ...

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Russ Cochran acknowledges the gallery on the 18th green during the second round of the SAS Championship.
Russ Cochran acknowledges the gallery on the 18th green during the second round of the SAS Championship.

CARY, N.C. — Russ Cochran holed an 8-foot putt on the final hole Sunday for his fourth straight birdie and a one-stroke victory over David Frost in the SAS Championship.

"David played a great round, and I knew someone was going to play well," Cochran said. "I was hoping to hang around there and kind of catch fire. And it took every hole to do that.

"We knew we needed to make birdies, especially after the bogey on 13."

The 54-year-old Cochran, also the 2010 winner at Prestonwood Country Club, closed with a 5-under 67 to finish at 17-under 199 ...

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