McCarron Wins Shaw Charity Classic
- Category: Inside Golf
- Published: 2017-09-04
Scott McCarron Shot 3-Under 67 To Edge Miguel Angel Jimenez By One Shot. (Photo/Todd Korol)
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — Scott McCarron Won The Shaw Charity Classic For His Fourth PGA TOUR Champions Title Of The Season.
McCarron closed with a 3-under 67 to beat Miguel Angel Jimenez by a stroke at Canyon Meadows. After Jimenez missed a long eagle putt en route to a birdie on the par-5 18th, McCarron holed a 3-footer for par.
"It felt like 20 feet," McCarron said. "It was kind of a right-center putt. I didn't take much time over it, because I saw it go right by and I knew exactly what I was going to do. I just missed a couple short ones before, so I didn't want to even think about it too long. I set it up and made a good putt finally. It really felt good to get that done."
McCarron opened with rounds of 63 and 64 to take a two-stroke lead into the final round.
The 52-year-old McCarron matched Bernhard Langer for the season victory lead and earned $352,500 to pull closer to the idle German star in the Charles Schwab Cup season standings.
McCarron has six victories in the last two seasons on PGA TOUR Champions. The three-time PGA TOUR winner won the Allianz Championship in February, the major Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS Championship in July and the DICK'S Sporting Goods Open two weeks ago.
"Winning does not get easier," McCarron said. "These guys are the best players in the world at their time and they're still playing some great golf. I truly believe we've got 25 guys that can still play on the PGA TOUR and compete."
McCarron finished at 16-under 194. He had an eagle for the third straight day, this time on the par-5 11th after accomplishing the feat the on the par-5 18th in the first two rounds.
Jimenez closed with a 66.
"Scott is playing very well and holed very important putts for him and that's the key," Jimenez said. "He played very well. In this case, he holed more putts than us and won."
Scott Dunlap (67), Todd Hamilton (67) and Kevin Sutherland (68) tied for third at 13 under.
Nick Faldo followed his second-round 64 with a 73 to tie for 21st at 6 under.
"I didn't hit it, I had one shot inside my 15-foot circle," Faldo said. "I actually hit quite a few good shots, but I was either too long or too short and then everything else was medium. I got really miffed. I got messed up with that wind."
Scott McCarron, 63-64-67 – 194 (-16)
• Closed with a 3-under-par 67 for a one-stroke victory over Miguel Angel Jimenez.
• His 54-hole total of 16-under-par 194 was his lowest 54-hole numerical score on PGA TOUR Champions.
• Made a third eagle (No. 11) which marked the second time he had posted three eagles in an event this year. The other came at the Allianz Championship, his first win of 2017.
• Now leads the Tour in eagles with 17. Finished second in that category on Tour a year ago with 15, two shy of Wes Short, Jr.
• Hit 46 of 54 greens in regulation to lead that category, including 26 of 27 on the back nine.
• With this fourth victory, he now matches Bernhard Langer for wins in 2017.
• Earns a first-place check for $352,500 and moves closer to the Bernhard Langer in the season-long Charles Schwab Cup race. He now has season earnings of $2,067,585 and trails Langer by $527,050.
• Was a three-time winner on the PGA TOUR.
• The 52-year-old McCarron is a native of Sacramento, CA and now resides in La Quinta, CA.
• Kevin Sutherland’s T3 finish was his fifth straight top-10 finish and his third inside the top three. During that span 13 of his last 14 rounds have been in the 60s and he is 71-under-par in those five tournaments.
• World Golf Hall of Famer Nick Faldo couldn’t maintain his momentum from a 6-under-par 64. He closed with a 3-over-par 73 to finish T21.He had posted his low round on PGA TOUR Champions, a 6-under-par 64. It was also his lowest round in a Tour event since he shot a 64 at the 1996 Buick Invitational.
• Boeing Classic champion Jerry Kelly continued his stellar play. He finished T6 and now has a run of eight consecutive rounds in the 60s. He is 44-under-par in those eight rounds.
• Todd Hamilton’s T3 finish was the best of his PGA TOUR Champions career. His previous best was a T5 at the 2016 Toshiba Classic.
• Shaw Communications Birdie for Charity program was a huge success. For each birdie at No. 18, the company donated $500. There were 83 birdies for the three rounds which raised $41,500. However, the company bumped it $8,500 to $50,000 for the event.
• Mark O’Meara finished T40 to earn $9,870. O’Meara, who earlier donated $10,000 to the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund, will add $987 to that total based on donating 10% of his earnings the remainder of the season.
• Fred Couples withdrew prior to the start of the event with a bad back. He was T18 after two rounds. Couples was the 2014 champion.
• Stephen Ames was the top finisher among the three Canadian players in the field (T19). Rod Spittle was T25 and Jim Rutledge was T40.
• Jay Haas’ streak of consecutive holes without a three-putt ended at 210 when he three-putted No. 4. That had been the best streak on Tour.
• Hole No. 7 was the most difficult with an average score of 4.206 (+.206), while No. 11 was the easiest at 4.318 (-.682). That would make it the third easiest hole on Tour so far in 2017.
• Canyon Meadows Golf & CC averaged 68.858 for the event, a slight drop from last year’s average of 68.896.
• Colin Montgomerie led all players with the fewest putts for the tournament with 79. He had come into the event ranked 58th on Tour.
• Vijay Singh finished T8 in his first visit to Calgary.
• Joey Sindelar led all players with 18 birdies.
• Mike Goodes had the day’s low round on Sunday, a 7-under-par 63.