Short earns 1 of 5 cards for Champions Tour

The Associated Press
Short earns 1 of 5 cards for Champions Tour
Wes Short Jr. reacts after sinking a birdie putt on the 18th hole to face Jim Furyk in the playoff during the final day of Michelin Championship in Las Vegas on Sunday, Oct. 16, 2005. Short won the championship after defeating Furyk in the second playoff. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- Wes Short Jr. earned one of five Champions Tour cards for next season in his first attempt at the 50-and-older circuit.

Short turns 50 on Dec. 4. He closed with 68 to tie the Champions Tour Q-school record at 20-under 264. He earned $30,000 for his five-shot victory over Mike Reid and Jim Rutledge of Canada. Rutledge started the final round outside the top 12 and closed with a 65 in rainy conditions at the TPC Scottsdale to earn his card.

The final two spots were decided in a playoff Saturday morning because of the rain.

Scott Dunlap and Jeff Hart each made par on the first playoff hole to get full exempt status for 2014 season.