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Rhoden, Sheehan remain in qualifying positions

Par won’t cut it for today’s final round of the Champions Tour National Qualifying Tournament at World Woods Golf Club in Brooksville, Fla.

And Butch Sheehan of Reno knows it.

After shooting a respectable 1-under-par 71 Thursday, the brother of LPGA Hall of Famer Patty Sheehan slipped from fourth place into a six-way tie for 10th.

“The scores down here are unbelievably low,” said Sheehan, who finished 54th on the 2002 tour’s money list. “I’ve been there before and handled it once; hopefully I can handle it again.”

With 16 spots still up for grabs for next year’s tour for senior players, only eight strokes separate fourth from 51st place.

Former major league pitcher Rick Rhoden, 49, dropped from fourth into a three-way tie for seventh after his second round of 70.

Rhoden, the most successful celebrity golfer in the world, bogeyed the second and fourth holes for a shaky start, but wiped his scorecard clean with an eagle on the fifth hole. After parring the next six holes, Rhoden birdied No. 12 and No. 18 for his 2-under round.

“He’s just very consistent,” said Sheehan, who finished as high as seventh in 2002 tour events.

Sheehan spoiled a solid round by bogeying his final two holes. He didn’t hesitate which club to blame for his late-round slipup.

“Every day it has been putting,” Sheehan said. “I can make birdies, but I don’t make enough putts when I need to make them.”

Seiji Ebihara shot his second successive 7-under 65 to take command of the 72-hole tournament. Ebihara takes a four-shot lead over Des Smyth and Jim Ahern heading into today’s final round.

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