October 6, 2014
(Via PGA TOUR) LUTZ, Fla. – Jim Rutledge birdied the final hole of his third round on Thursday to take a one-shot lead at 4-under entering Friday’s final round at PGA TOUR Champions Q-School. Tied for second at 3-under are Mark Walker (Hurst, Texas) and Cliff Kresge (Kingsport, Tennessee), while Stephen Leaney (Perth, Australia) sits in fourth place. Five players are tied for the fifth and final fully-exempt spot on PGA TOUR Champions for 2019.
Rutledge reigns from Victoria, British Columbia and turned professional in 1978. He spent the first 20 years of his career playing in Asia in the winter and Canada the remainder of the year. Rutledge owns nine professional wins including six Canadian Tour wins, which he attributes to his three consistent rounds (70-71-68) this week at TPC Tampa Bay.
“Being Canadian is helping me out a lot. We (referring to his wife who caddies for him) came from this kind of weather the last few weeks. We practiced really hard at home and down in Nevada it was no different. It was cold down there and we managed to get through it,” said Rutledge. “Tomorrow I am just going to keep plugging away because you never know…
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