PGA Tour Champions

American Family Insurance Championship 2018

June 22-24

University Ridge Golf Course, Wisconsin

$2,000,000

June 22-24

University Ridge Golf Course, Wisconsin

$2,000,000

Round 1

Scott McCarron wins American Family Insurance Championship

June 24, 2018

Scott McCarron won the American Family Insurance Championship on Sunday, closing with an 8-under 64 for a one-stroke victory over hometown player Jerry Kelly.

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The 52-year-old McCarron birdied Nos. 14-16 and parred the final two to hold on for his first victory of the season and seventh in three years on the PGA Tour Champions. He finished at 15-under 201 at University Ridge.

''All week, I drove the ball really well and I was hitting a lot of good iron shots,'' McCarron said. ''I hit a lot of greens. I think I made one bogey all week and that was early on Friday. Just missed a short putt, one of the par 3s and made bogey. Other than that, I really didn't have any other opportunities to make bogeys. I just kept putting myself in play.''

McCarron looked forward to the stretch of three straight major tournaments that begins Thursday with the U.S. Senior Open at The Broadmoor in Colorado.

''Obviously, my game's pretty good, just won this week, so I'm pretty happy the way I'm hitting it.'' McCarron said. ''I started putting better this week. I've got to work on my wedge game. I've got to wedge it closer. I have a lot of wedges out here.''

Kelly shot 65, also parring the final two holes.

''I'm disappointed, there's no doubt,'' Kelly said. ''I want those putts back. I want to just go ahead and hit them hard.''

Kelly joked about friend McCarron paying him back for a friendly match with McCarron's wife.

''My caddie, Eric and I, beat Jenny and Scott over at Maple Bluff Country Club earlier this week, beat them out of five bucks,'' Kelly said. ''I should have thrown that match.''

Fellow Madison player Steve Stricker, the tournament host and first-round leader, had a 65 to tie for third with 2017 champion Fred Couples and Colin Montgomerie.

''The way it ended up, couldn't have asked for anything more,'' Stricker said. ''Great turnout of people, the players loved it, and we got a great field and some exciting golf down the stretch.''

Couples had a 67, playing alongside McCarron.

''We all said it yesterday, with all those guys there, somebody shoots 7, 8 under will win - and I watched it today,'' Couples said. ''He was phenomenal. He played a stress-free, easy round of golf and I think I lost to him by two, but I was never going to beat him.''

Montgomerie followed a second-round 72 with a 64.

''I didn't play well at all yesterday, at all,'' Montgomerie said. ''So disappointing yesterday ... out here, 72, get trampled on.''

Paul Goydos (67) was 12 under, John Daly (67) topped the group at 11 under, and Bernhard Langer (69) was another stroke back.

University of Illinois coach Mike Small, Stricker's teammate with the Illini, birdied the final hole for a 68 to also tie for 10th at 10 under.

Steve and I have been best friends for 30 years,'' Small said. ''It's great to have him get me in the tournament and validate him helping me get in and getting an exemption. That's huge. I finished top 10 in Iowa at Des Moines two weeks ago. It was my first top 10 in a Champions event. So, to back up with this, and this was a strong field, it feels good to compete.''

Second-round leader Esteban Toledo had a 73 to tie for 24th at 8 under.

Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
R3
Total
1
Scott McCarron
-15
70
67
64
201
2
Jerry Kelly
-14
68
69
65
202
T3
Colin Montgomerie
-13
67
72
64
203
T3
Steve Stricker
-13
64
74
65
203
T3
Fred Couples
-13
69
67
67
203
6
Paul Goydos
-12
69
68
67
204
T7
John Daly
-11
67
71
67
205
T7
Mark Calcavecchia
-11
69
68
68
205
T7
Kent Jones
-11
69
67
69
205
T10
Mike Small
-10
68
70
68
206
T10
Stephen Ames
-10
70
68
68
206
T10
Jay Haas
-10
70
68
68
206
T10
Bernhard Langer
-10
68
69
69
206
T14
Ken Tanigawa
-9
73
67
67
207
T14
Carlos Franco
-9
70
71
66
207
T14
Joe Durant
-9
72
68
67
207
T14
Todd Hamilton
-9
69
71
67
207
T14
Kenny Perry
-9
70
70
67
207
T14
Tim Petrovic
-9
69
75
63
207
T14
Scott Pare
-9
69
69
69
207
T14
Glen Day
-9
68
69
70
207
T14
Joey Sindelar
-9
69
68
70
207
T14
David Toms
-9
70
66
71
207
T24
Doug Garwood
-8
68
71
69
208
T24
Jeff Sluman
-8
68
71
69
208
T24
Billy Mayfair
-8
68
68
72
208
T24
Esteban Toledo
-8
69
66
73
208
T28
Miguel Angel Jiménez
-7
69
72
68
209
T28
Tom Pernice Jr.
-7
69
71
69
209
T28
Brandt Jobe
-7
69
73
67
209
T28
David McKenzie
-7
70
70
69
209
T28
Billy Andrade
-7
71
68
70
209
T28
Duffy Waldorf
-7
69
69
71
209
T28
Brad Bryant
-7
65
72
72
209
T35
Scott Hoch
-6
71
71
68
210
T35
Gary Hallberg
-6
70
73
67
210
T35
Jeff Maggert
-6
69
70
71
210
T35
Wes Short, Jr.
-6
70
69
71
210
T35
Gibby Gilbert III
-6
71
68
71
210
T35
Bart Bryant
-6
71
73
66
210
T35
Marco Dawson
-6
70
69
71
210
T42
John Riegger
-5
72
69
70
211
T42
Jerry Smith
-5
68
73
70
211
T42
Woody Austin
-5
70
72
69
211
T42
Paul Broadhurst
-5
70
73
68
211
T42
Willie Wood
-5
74
69
68
211
T42
Scott Verplank
-5
68
76
67
211
48
Rocco Mediate
-4
68
72
72
212
T49
Corey Pavin
-3
71
70
72
213
T49
Davis Love III
-3
72
69
72
213
T49
Steve Flesch
-3
67
74
72
213
T49
Vijay Singh
-3
71
71
71
213
T49
Grant Waite
-3
70
73
70
213
T49
Skip Kendall
-3
73
70
70
213
T49
Tommy Tolles
-3
73
72
68
213
T49
Michael Bradley
-3
73
73
67
213
T57
Lee Janzen
-2
72
69
73
214
T57
Tom Byrum
-2
71
73
70
214
T57
Mike Goodes
-2
75
70
69
214
T57
Fred Funk
-2
72
74
68
214
T61
Tom Lehman
-1
69
72
74
215
T61
John Huston
-1
74
70
71
215
T61
David Frost
-1
74
70
71
215
T61
Olin Browne
-1
73
72
70
215
T61
Fran Quinn
-1
75
70
70
215
T66
Russ Cochran
E
76
66
74
216
T66
Loren Roberts
E
74
71
71
216
T68
Dan Forsman
2
74
70
74
218
T68
Mark Brooks
2
72
73
73
218
T70
Clark Dennis
3
70
73
76
219
T70
Steve Pate
3
73
73
73
219
72
Clay Devers
6
75
72
75
222
73
Tommy Armour III
7
73
73
77
223
74
Steve Lowery
9
77
74
74
225
75
Bob Tway
10
74
82
70
226
76
Tom Kite
12
74
75
79
228
WD
Gene Sauers
--
74
72
--
146
WD
Scott Dunlap
--
74
75
--
149
Pos.
Player
To Par
Total
1
Scott McCarron
-15
201
2
Jerry Kelly
-14
202
T3
Colin Montgomerie
-13
203
T3
Steve Stricker
-13
203
T3
Fred Couples
-13
203
6
Paul Goydos
-12
204
T7
John Daly
-11
205
T7
Mark Calcavecchia
-11
205
T7
Kent Jones
-11
205
T10
Mike Small
-10
206
T10
Stephen Ames
-10
206
T10
Jay Haas
-10
206
T10
Bernhard Langer
-10
206
T14
Ken Tanigawa
-9
207
T14
Carlos Franco
-9
207
T14
Joe Durant
-9
207
T14
Todd Hamilton
-9
207
T14
Kenny Perry
-9
207
T14
Tim Petrovic
-9
207
T14
Scott Pare
-9
207
T14
Glen Day
-9
207
T14
Joey Sindelar
-9
207
T14
David Toms
-9
207
T24
Doug Garwood
-8
208
T24
Jeff Sluman
-8
208
T24
Billy Mayfair
-8
208
T24
Esteban Toledo
-8
208
T28
Miguel Angel Jiménez
-7
209
T28
Tom Pernice Jr.
-7
209
T28
Brandt Jobe
-7
209
T28
David McKenzie
-7
209
T28
Billy Andrade
-7
209
T28
Duffy Waldorf
-7
209
T28
Brad Bryant
-7
209
T35
Scott Hoch
-6
210
T35
Gary Hallberg
-6
210
T35
Jeff Maggert
-6
210
T35
Wes Short, Jr.
-6
210
T35
Gibby Gilbert III
-6
210
T35
Bart Bryant
-6
210
T35
Marco Dawson
-6
210
T42
John Riegger
-5
211
T42
Jerry Smith
-5
211
T42
Woody Austin
-5
211
T42
Paul Broadhurst
-5
211
T42
Willie Wood
-5
211
T42
Scott Verplank
-5
211
48
Rocco Mediate
-4
212
T49
Corey Pavin
-3
213
T49
Davis Love III
-3
213
T49
Steve Flesch
-3
213
T49
Vijay Singh
-3
213
T49
Grant Waite
-3
213
T49
Skip Kendall
-3
213
T49
Tommy Tolles
-3
213
T49
Michael Bradley
-3
213
T57
Lee Janzen
-2
214
T57
Tom Byrum
-2
214
T57
Mike Goodes
-2
214
T57
Fred Funk
-2
214
T61
Tom Lehman
-1
215
T61
John Huston
-1
215
T61
David Frost
-1
215
T61
Olin Browne
-1
215
T61
Fran Quinn
-1
215
T66
Russ Cochran
E
216
T66
Loren Roberts
E
216
T68
Dan Forsman
2
218
T68
Mark Brooks
2
218
T70
Clark Dennis
3
219
T70
Steve Pate
3
219
72
Clay Devers
6
222
73
Tommy Armour III
7
223
74
Steve Lowery
9
225
75
Bob Tway
10
226
76
Tom Kite
12
228
WD
Gene Sauers
--
146
WD
Scott Dunlap
--
149