SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Jeff Freeman won the Champions Tour National Qualifying Tournament on Friday, shooting his fourth straight 5-under 66 for a four-stroke victory on TPC Scottsdale's Champions Course
Freeman, a 49-year-old club professional at the Country Club of Orlando and the 1999 PGA Professional Player of the Year, birdied Nos. 4-8 and shot a 6-under 29 on the front nine.
"Scary day, scary day today," said Freeman, who earned $30,000. "When you are in these types of situations, if you don't play well, then you don't have a tournament to play in. I was scared all day, nervous all day and anxious all day. I just tried to play one shot at a time and get through the darned thing."
Freeman won't be eligible to compete on the Champions Tour until mid-April when he turns 50. He had a lengthy career on the Nationwide Tour with 176 starts, playing fulltime in 1994 and again from 2001-06. He also made 18 starts on the PGA Tour, 10 in 2000.
Jeff Hart (67) was fourth at 15 under, and P.H. Horgan III (68) was another stroke back to take the final exempt position -- before the reorder -- for the 2012 season.
The next seven players are conditionally exempt. In addition, the top 30 finishers and are eligible to compete for spots in open qualifiers at all co-sponsored events.
Jim Carter, Sonny Skinner and Bobby Clampett tied for sixth place, but Carter captured the sixth spot with a birdie on the second playoff hole. It was significant because he will earn a spot as one of the five exempt players until Freeman turns 50 in April. Skinner made a par to finish seventh, and Clampett had a bogey to finish eighth.