Scottsdale, AZ (SportsNetwork.com) - Wes Short Jr., Jeff Freeman, Bill Glasson and Doug Garwood all shot 7-under-par 64 on Tuesday to share the lead after the opening round of the Champions Tour Q-School.
Short, a former PGA Tour winner who turns 50 on Dec. 4, mixed five birdies and an eagle at TPC Scottsdale's Champions Course, where five players will earn exempt status and seven others will earn conditional status at the end of this event.
Jeff Hart, Jim Rutledge, Dick Mast and Ben Bates carded matching 65s to share fifth place, while James Mason, Phil Golding, Greg Bruckner, Jerry Smith, Rick Schuller and Frank Esposito Jr. all shot 66s to share ninth.
Short, who secured his lone PGA Tour win at the 2005 Michelin Championship, started on the 10th tee and opened his round in style, notching an eagle-3 there. He closed his outward nine with four birdies in a five-hole stretch to turn in 30, then added another birdie at the second before parring out to wrap up his bogey-free round.
"I hit it close four times over the first eight holes and it was nice to start off with an eagle," said Short. "I then made a 30-footer for birdie at No. 18 and another 30-footer for birdie at the second hole. It was just a perfect day to play and if you kept the ball in play off the tee, you were going to have short irons into these holes."
Glasson, who has made 74 Champions Tour starts without a win, highlighted his opening round with a pair of eagles -- at the par-5 10th and 17th -- while adding three birdies to grab a share of the lead.
Freeman went bogey-free with seven birdies, while Garwood mixed eight birdies and a lone bogey.
"I wasn't sure I was going to be able to play today, but I took three Advils this morning and was good. When you have conditions like this, you can make lots of birdies and I was able to do that. It was nice to get off to this kind of a start, especially how I was feeling coming in here," Garwood said.
NOTES: Glasson is a seven-time PGA Tour winner ... Garwood played in five Champions Tour events in 2013, with his best finish coming in a tie for second at the First Tee Open at Pebble Beach in September. He made the cut in all five events in 2013 and finished in the top 25 four times, including a pair of top 10s ... Freeman has made 26 career starts on the Champions Tour, with 12 of those coming in 2013. His best finish in 2013 was a tie for fifth at the Shaw Charity Classic in September ... Defending champion Gene Jones is tied for 20th place at 3-under 68 ... Seventy-eight players reached the Final Qualifying Stage.