Champions Tour card eludes Rhoden again
Celebrity golf’s most dominant player over the past decade will have to wait another year to qualify for the Champions Tour.
Rick Rhoden finished in a tie for 64th place in the 108-hole Champions Tour Qualifying School on Monday in St. Augustine, Fla. Only the top 15 finishers in the 91-player field received tour cards for 2005.
The six-time American Century Championship winner shot a two-under-par 70 to conclude the six-round tournament at three-over par. It’s the third time that the 51-year-old Rhoden has been denied a tour card.
Mark Johnson and Tom McKnight turned the final day of play into a hotly contested battle for first place. Johnson’s final-round 64 was just enough to hold off McKnight, who shot 63 to finish two strokes behind the winner.
Rhoden shot par or better in four of his six rounds, but a 76 on Friday and a 78 on Sunday took him out of contention.
Tom Dawson of Reno played consistently after an opening-round 75. Dawson closed with a 71 to finish in a tie for 58th place at two-under 430.
Former Reno resident Butch Sheehan pulled out of the tournament before Monday’s final round. He was at three-under par.