Freeman wins senior Q-School by 4|
Scottsdale, AZ (Sports Network) - Jeff Freeman shot his fourth consecutive
five-under 66 on Friday to win Champions Tour Q-School by four strokes.
Freeman finished 72 holes at 20-under 264, a tournament record, to earn full
exempt status on the 2012 Champions Tour circuit. Each of the top five
finishers at TPC Scottsdale this week all earned full exempt status, meaning
Gary Hallberg, Jim Rutledge, Jeff Hart and P.H. Horgan III joined Freeman on
Hallberg (70) and Rutledge (68) shared second at 16-under 268; Hart (67) was
fourth at 15-under; and Horgan (68) took fifth at minus-14.
Players in the top 30 and ties this week received some kind of status on tour
next year or the opportunity to qualify for events. Some notable names in the
field that finished in the top 30 were Joel Edwards -- tied for 21st -- and
Peter Fowler -- tied for 25th -- while putting guru Stan Utley shared 42nd and
missed the mark.
Bobby Clampett (67), Sonny Skinner (67) and Jim Carter (69) tied for sixth at
13-under, while Robin Freeman (66) and Mark Mouland (71) were knotted in ninth
Freeman put the tournament away rather quickly, looking early as if he could
threaten a 59.
He began with a birdie to get to 16-under, and, after two pars, rattled off
five straight birdies to vault to minus-21 and well ahead of his nearest
competitors. At that point, his lone competition was the magic number, which
was more possible because of the par-71 course.
Freeman could have reached that mark by matching his front nine six-under, but
he never came close. He birdied the 12th, but finished with bogeys at Nos. 13
and 17 to account for his final score.
Nevertheless, he earned a full exemption for the Champions Tour in 2012 in his
first year of eligibility. He doesn't turn 50 until next April.
NOTES: Other players who made the top 30 were Lance Ten Broeck, James Mason,
Dick Mast, Bill Glasson, Ben Bates, Gene Jones, Nobumitsu Yuhara, Robin Byrd,
Kirk Hanefeld, Joe Daley, Andy Morse, David Peoples, Mike Harwood, Steve
Jones, Willie Wood, Greg Bruckner, Tom Byrum, Jim Roy and Bob
Niger...Defending champion Keith Clearwater finished well down the leaderboard
11/18 17:47:49 ET