Brandt Jobe reacts after his chip shot on the 17th green during the first round of the Barbasol Championship golf tournament, Thursday, July 16, 2015, in Opelika, Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)
Butch Dill
December 04, 2015

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) Brandt Jobe won the Champions Tour qualifying tournament Friday to earn one of five fully exempt spots next year, closing with a 2-under 69 for a one-stroke victory.

Jobe, a six-time winner on the Japan Golf Tour, had an 18-under 266 total on TPC Scottsdale's Champions Course.

''I actually played pretty good today, but I just didn't make many putts,'' Jobe said. ''I thought I was still in pretty good shape at the turn, but made bogey at No. 10 from the middle of the fairway with a 5-iron in my hand for my second shot. Luckily, I regrouped and hit quality shots coming in. I did just a good enough job today and now I'm really looking forward to next year. It's be awhile since I've been able to plan a schedule.''

Tom Byrum, Willie Wood and Jose Coceres tied for second, and Mike Grob was another stroke back to take the last fully exempt spot.

The next seven players - John Riegger, Gibby Gilbert III, Jean-Francois Remesy, Stan Utley, 1996 U.S. Open champion Steve Jones, Chien Soon Lu and Miguel Angel Martin - are conditionally exempt. The rest of top 30 finishers and ties are eligible to compete for spots in open qualifiers.

Byrum shot a 63.

''I just went out today and tried to make as many birdies as I could,'' Byrum said. ''I got it going and had some good swing thoughts today. I had putted well all week, so I knew if I could give myself some better scoring opportunities on the greens, I'd have a chance. It was nice to put this kind of a round together.''

Wood and Coceres shot 67, and Grob had a 69.

Grob made a key birdie at the 17th, getting up-and-down from underneath a tree left of the green. On his knees to hit his third shot, Grob chipped within 3 feet of the hole and made the putt to move in front of Riegger. The Billings, Montana, player two-putted for par from 20 feet at the final hole to secure the full exemption.

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