PGA Tour Champions Q-School Final Stage: Wes Short Jr. goes low to take the lead
06 Dec 2023
by Justin Golba of

Daniel Chopra is T2 (PGA Tour Photo)
Daniel Chopra is T2 (PGA Tour Photo)

Wes Short Jr. shot an 8-under 63 second round to hold the 36-hole lead at 12-under at the 2024 PGA Tour Champions Qualifying Tournament Final Stage at TPC Scottsdale (Champions Course) in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Short shot a solid 4-under 67 in the first round but propelled up the leaderboard after his stellar 8-under 63 in the second round, recording seven birdies, one bogey, and an eagle.

Daniel Chopra, Cameron Percy, and Shane Bertsch are all tied for second place at 11-under. Alan McLean is in solo fifth place at 10-under, and Omar Uresti is in solo sixth place at 9-under. 

Eric Axley had one of the most interesting scorecards you will ever see. Axley started his first eight holes at 9-under, eagling No. 10 and making birdies on Holes No. 11-16 (he started on hole No. 10). He then made par on Holes No. 17, 18, 1, and 2 and made a quadruple-bogey seven on the par-3 No. 3 and then birdied Holes No. 5, 6, and 7 to shoot 7-under 64. Steve Allan and Todd Demsey are also T7, with Axley at 8-under.

Amateur Bryan Hoops, who was tied for the first-round lead after an opening round of 7-under 64, is T12 after a second-round 1-over 72 that saw him fall 11 spots. Despite his second-round struggles, he is still in a good position to earn his spot on the Tour with a good 36-hole finish.


Former collegiate teammate of Tiger Woods and four-time PGA Tour winner Notay Begay III is T32 after rounds of 69-71.

Former Ryder Cupper Boo Weekley is T57 after rounds of 70-73.

Former Atlanta Braves and Hall of Fame pitcher John Smoltz is looking to earn his spot on the Champions Tour, but two rounds of 80-76 have him in 75th place at 14-over.

“I don’t live in a false reality,” Smoltz told the PGA Tour before his first round. “This sport is really difficult. I’m not trying to think that this is something that I could do for a whole year or not. But it’s fun to attempt it.”

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