It’s been a long while since we’ve seen Wes Short in the headlines, his last official win on the PGA Tour was back in 2005 for the Michelin Championship in Las Vegas.
On the final day of the Quebec City Championship, there were two leaders – Brad Faxon and defending champion Esteban Toledo – but neither of them managed to stay the course and both posted 71s to share third place.
Coming from behind, two players dominated the day, Scott Dunlap and Short, both shooting 64s. And even up until the last hole, you couldn’t have predicted which golfer was going to be victorious.
For the first eight holes, Short played good solid golf but was taking no chances and parred each hole. Even though he was sitting in the bunker on the ninth hole, his approach shot to the pin was good enough to putt for a birdie and he was on his way. He birdied the 10th hole and then holed a 25-foot putt on the 12th hole to get to 10 under par.
Almost getting an eagle three on the par five 14th hole, tapping the ball in for a birdie took him to 11 under par. With a spectacular 35-foot putt on the 16th, Short managed to close the gap with Dunlap and they shared the lead.
Although he roared into the lead with a birdie on the 17th, Dunlap got an eagle on the final hole and that put him back in the lead by one stroke. Short had two options – a birdie to force a playoff or an eagle to win the tournament outright. Short took the latter option, with an eight-foot putt that gave him the win.
Speaking to the press after the match, Short said, “It was slow in coming, that’s for sure. The first eight holes I parred, and I get to [the ninth hole] and I hit a hybrid in the sand trap and then hit it out to about six feet and I felt like that was a very important putt to make. I made it. Then it seemed to open the floodgates because then I birdied 10, I hit a really good drive and 6-iron in there. The hole started looking like a five-gallon bucket.”