Recap Of The Round: It was short and sweet at the Quebec Championship just outside Quebec City as Wes Short, Jr. (Pictured by Getty Images) won his first career title on the Champions Tour in dramatic style.
Just moments after Scott Dunlap made eagle at the par-5 18th to take the lead, Short holed a 35-foot birdie putt at No. 17 to set up the fireworks on the final hole. After a perfect drive, Short hit a hybrid from 251 yards to within eight feet of the flag and then made the eagle putt to leapfrog Dunlap and win by a stroke. Short’s clutch eagle on the 54th hole capped a back-nine run of 7-under 29 and like Dunlap, he posted a final-round 64 that matched the course record at La Tempete Golf Club.
Short started his final round three strokes off the lead and after making seven straight pars, he birdied the par-5 9th hole but still trailed Esteban Toledo by three. After making birdies at Nos. 10 and 12, Short then trailed a charging Dunlap by two shots and when he two-putted for birdie from 12 feet at the par-5 14th hole, he trimmed Dunlap’s lead to a shot. He then tied Dunlap with the birdie at No. 16 and his 20-foot birdie at the par-3 17th hole set up the exciting finish that propelled him to his initial victory on the circuit.
With His Victory… Wes Short, Jr.
Short wins his first title on the Champions Tour in his 18th career start on the Champions Tour and claimed his first TOUR victory since the 2005 Michelin Championship at Las Vegas on the PGA TOUR.
Today’s win ends a victory drought of 8 years, 10 months, 21 days since his lone PGA TOUR title in Nevada.
Short won the 2014 Quebec Championship in his first appearance in the event, joining Larry Mize (2010) and Esteban Toledo (2013). He became the fifth first-time winner this year and the fourth rookie to win (Jeff Maggert, Miguel Angel Jimenez, Scott Dunlap).
Short’s previous-best finish on the 2014 Champions Tour was fifth last week at the Shaw Charity Classic in Calgary.
Short also joins Scott Dunlap as the second player from last fall’s Q-School to win an event on the Champions Tour this year. Short was the medalist last fall in Scottsdale at the National Qualifying Tournament, earning his initial exemption on the Champions Tour with a five-stroke win.
Short receives a two-year exemption into the season-opening Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai in Hawaii.
Short collects 240 Charles Schwab Cup points and now is in 27th place in the season-long race with 428 total Schwab Cup points.
Short earns a check for $240,000 and vaults from 36th place into the 20th position with 2014 official earnings of $379,719.
Wes Short Jr.’s dramatic eagle at the last hole marked the first time since the 2010 Allianz Championship that a player made eagle on the last hole to win. Bernhard Langer holed a greenside bunker shot on the par-5 18th hole, the 54th hole of the event at the Old Course at Broken Soutn in Boca Raton, to nip John Cook by a stroke.
Esteban Toledo’s T3 performance was the best by a defending champion since Bernhard Langer finished second to Miguel Angel Jimenez in defense of his Greater Gwinnett Championship title in mid-April.
Brad Faxon’s birdie at the last hole allowed him to also finish T3 at the Quebec Championship, his best individual performance in a Champions Tour event since he was T3 at the 2010 Dick’s Sporting Goods Open.
In fact, Brad Faxon’s T3 at the Quebec Championship was his best individual performance since winning the 2011 Insperity Championship. Faxon also won the 2013 Liberty Mutual Insurance Legends of Golf when he teamed with Jeff Sluman.
Jim Carter had his best-ever Champions Tour event this week. His T5 in his 26th career start on the circuit surpassed the T12 he had at the 2012 Senior PGA Championship. By being the highest non-exempt player to finish among the top 10, Carter earned a spot into the Champions Tour’s next event, the Pacific Links Hawaii Championship on Oahu.
Jay Haas’ T7 was his 12th top-10 finish in 16 starts on the Champions Tour in 2014. Prior to this season, the last time Haas had more than 11 top-10s in a year came in 2008 when he had 14 top-10s that included a pair of victories. Haas earned 51 Charles Schwab Cup points this week and jumped over Kenny Perry into third place in the season-long race. After 20 events, Bernhard Langer continues to lead by 633 points over Colin Montgomerie. Haas now trails Montgomerie by 1,460 points.
Bill Glasson birdied the last hole to move up into a T10 at La Tempete Golf Club. It was Glasson’s fourth top-10 finish in the five-year history of the Quebec Championship, the most by any player.
Victoria’s Jim Rutledge shot a final-round 68 to also finish T10, the best effort by any of the five Canadian players in the field. It marked the third time in the last four years at the Quebec Championship that a player from Canada managed a top-10 finish in this event.
Two-time U.S. Open champion Lee Janzen carded a final-round 72 that left him T23 in his Champions Tour debut. New Zealand’s Grant Waite was T49 in his first career start on the circuit.
The par-72 La Tempete Golf Club played to a stroke average of 71.113 for the week. Last year at the Rouville course at Richelieu Valley near Montreal, the field scoring average was 73.621. A total of 57 players finished under par in this year’s event compared to just 16 players last year. Only 11 birdies were made for the week at the par-4 10th hole and the stroke average was 4.294, easily the most difficult.
Rod Spittle and Kirk Triplett were a cumulative 11-under for the week on La Tempete’s five par-5s, the best by players in the field…Brad Faxon made 18 birdies, the most in the event while Scott Dunlap was the only player to record three eagles in the tournament, two of them in the final round… Wes Short, Jr. only made one bogey for the week, playing his last 24 holes without a blemish.
After a week off, the Champions Tour moves to Hawaii for the Pacific Links Hawaii Championship on the island of Oahu.
Weather: Sunny with highs in the upper-60s and winds at 10-15 mph from the WNW. Lift, clean and place rules in effect.
1. Wes Short, Jr. 69-68-64–201 (-15)
2. Scott Dunlap 72-66-64–202 (-14)
T3.Brad Faxon 67-67-71–205 (-11)
T3.Esteban Toledo 68-66-71–205 (-11)
T5.Jim Carter 70-68-68–206 (-10)
T5.Kirk Triplett 70-68-68–206 (-10)
Source: PGA Tour