Best Rounds of 2017: No. 9, Wes Short Jr.
His 10-under 62 in the final round of the 3M Championship vaulted him up the leaderboard
December 12, 2017
By Bob McClellan, PGATOUR.COM
- December 12, 2017
- Wes Short Jr. commanded the par 5s on Sunday at the 3M Championship. (Michael Cohen/Getty Images)
Editor's note: In deciding upon the 10 best rounds on PGA TOUR Champions this season, we had only a couple of criteria. First and foremost, the round had to be the lowest score that day. Yes, a 64 probably is a very good round. But if someone else shot a 62 that day, it’s hard to argue it deserves a spot in our countdown.
The other criterium was this, and it was pretty loose: The round had to mean something. It didn’t necessarily have to lead directly to a victory (though it did in several instances), but it had to make an impact on that player’s tournament finish and/or Charles Schwab Cup Playoffs standing.
Player: Wes Short Jr.
Tournament: 3M Championship
Relation to par: 10 under
Key to round: Short played the four par-5s in 4 under despite bogeying one of them. He shot 7-under 29 on the back nine.
What it meant: Short’s round beat the field by two strokes, and even then only two guys managed 64s (Kevin Sutherland and Brian Henninger). The Texas native vaulted 27 spots on Sunday, from 34th to seventh. It gave him just his second top 10 of the year and really bolstered his confidence heading down the final stretch. His finish at the 3M put him inside the top 36 in the Schwab Cup standings and he made it hold up. He advanced to the playoff and put together three solid tournaments: a T13 at the Dominion Energy Charity Classic, a T22 at the PowerShares QQQ Championship (making him the last man to advance to the finale) and a T9 at the Charles Schwab Cup Championship, where his final-round 64 was tied for the third-best round of the day. Short finished 23rd in the final Charles Schwab Cup standings.