For about 15 minutes, Scott McCarron looked like he had won the PGA Tour Champions Shaw Charity Classic with one of the more clutch putts on tour this season.
Then Wes Short Jr. — and perhaps fate — intervened.
Needing a birdie to win and a par to force a playoff, Short hit his second shot on the par-5 18th short of a green fronted by a lake. But rather than finding water, the ball found a rock just beyond the lake and caromed onto the green. Short would two putt from there for the birdie and the win at Canyon Meadows Golf and Country Club in Calgary.
The birdie capped a closing run of three birdies over Short’s final five holes. His closing-round 4-under par 66 gave Short a 13-under 197 for the tournament, one stroke better than McCarron and two shots better than Steve Flesch at 11 under.
Tom Gillis (69) finished at 10-under 200 in fourth and a trio of golfers finished tied for fifth at 9-under 201: Joe Durant (66), Billy Andrade (68) and Tom Byrum (69).
McCarron, the Charles Schwab Cup leader, actually bettered Short on the day, finishing with a 5-under 65 in the final round — the best round of the day. After charging to the lead with three birdies over four holes on his back nine, McCarron bogeyed Nos. 16 and 17. But the two-time defending champion of this event eagled No. 18, sinking a long putt to take the lead.
But Short, who entered the tournament with one career win (2014 Quebec Championship) and a season-best finish of a tie for fifth place, would not be denied.
Short picked up $352,500 for the win. McCarron took home $206,800 for the runner-up showing.
–Field Level Media