Dick's Sporting Goods Open

Monday qualifier Doug Barron beats Fred Couples

August 16-18
En-Joie GC, Endicott, NY
$2,050,000


Doug Barron became the 13th Monday qualifier to win a PGA Tour Champions event, holing two 15-foot birdie putts after a rain delay to beat Fred Couples by two strokes Sunday in the Dick’s Sporting Goods Open.


Making his second senior start after turning 50 last month, Barron closed with a 6-under 66 at at En Joie Golf Club to finish the wire-to-wire victory at 17-under 199. With Couples in the clubhouse after a 63, Barron returned from the rain delay to hole the first 15-footer on the par-4 15th to break a tie for the lead, then doubled the advantage with the second one on the par-3 17th.

”I had fun,” Barron said. ”I enjoyed every minute of it. Honestly, when you’re competing and you can bring out your best at the end, that’s cool stuff. That was fun for me. That birdie at 17 was just money to me.”

The 59-year-old Couples was back at En Joie for the first time in 24 years. He won the PGA Tour’s 1991 B.C. Open at the course.

”I got off to a really, really good start hitting the ball,” Couples said. ”Yesterday, I kind of butchered the par 5s on the front. Today, I birdied all three of them. So that got the ball rolling and I played very well.”


Barron is the first open qualifier to win since Willie Wood in the 2012 event at En Joie, and the first to win wire-to-wire. After tying for fifth in the Senior British Open in his Champions debut, Barron got into the field Monday with a 66 at The Links at Hiawatha Landing.

”I’ve got a place to play right now,” Barron said. ”I’ve got to reset my goals a little bit. It’s not the Emerald Coast Tour anymore.”

He had six birdies in the bogey-free final round.

”I’ve been very fortunate this year,” Barron said. ”Even the tournaments, the smaller tournaments I’ve played, I led three of them from start to finish and so I carried that experience today and just said, ‘You know, I’m playing against younger kids in these other tournaments, I can’t beat them with my mental game, I’ve just got to go out and hit the ball now.”’

Barron was winless on the PGA Tour in 238 starts, playing the defunct B.C. Open seven times at En-Joie. In 2009, three years after losing his PGA Tour card, Barron became the first player to be suspended by the tour for testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance. He was suspended for one year.

Woody Austin was third at 13 under after a 67.

Scott McCarron, the 2017 winner, had a 69 to match Colin Montgomerie (66) at 12 under.


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Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
R3
Total
1
Doug Barron
-17
65
68
66
199
2
Fred Couples
-15
70
68
63
201
3
Woody Austin
-13
68
68
67
203
T4
Colin Montgomerie
-12
70
68
66
204
T4
Scott McCarron
-12
69
66
69
204
T6
Miguel Angel Jiménez
-11
65
72
68
205
T6
Kevin Sutherland
-11
67
70
68
205
T6
Scott Parel
-11
66
69
70
205
T9
Kenny Perry
-10
68
73
65
206
T9
Duffy Waldorf
-10
68
69
69
206
T9
Billy Andrade
-10
67
70
69
206
T9
Marco Dawson
-10
66
69
71
206
T13
Joe Durant
-9
73
66
68
207
T13
Retief Goosen
-9
72
66
69
207
T13
Tim Petrovic
-9
69
68
70
207
T13
Paul Goydos
-9
68
69
70
207
T13
Tommy Tolles
-9
68
68
71
207
T13
Jay Haas
-9
68
68
71
207
T19
Ken Duke
-8
68
76
64
208
T19
Tom Lehman
-8
68
72
68
208
T19
Steve Flesch
-8
68
69
71
208
T19
Paul Broadhurst
-8
71
66
71
208
23
Tom Pernice Jr.
-7
71
68
70
209
T24
Joey Sindelar
-6
70
72
68
210
T24
Ken Tanigawa
-6
70
71
69
210
T24
Chris DiMarco
-6
68
71
71
210
T24
Bernhard Langer
-6
68
70
72
210
T24
David McKenzie
-6
67
69
74
210
T29
Gary Nicklaus
-5
69
73
69
211
T29
John Daly
-5
71
70
70
211
T29
Tom Gillis
-5
70
70
71
211
T32
Bob Estes
-4
71
72
69
212
T32
Gibby Gilbert III
-4
70
72
70
212
T32
Olin Browne
-4
71
71
70
212
T32
Wes Short, Jr.
-4
72
70
70
212
T32
Glen Day
-4
71
71
70
212
T32
Davis Love III
-4
68
71
73
212
T38
Mike Goodes
-3
70
74
69
213
T38
Jeff Maggert
-3
70
73
70
213
T38
Skip Kendall
-3
71
70
72
213
T38
Dudley Hart
-3
74
66
73
213
T42
David Toms
-2
73
72
69
214
T42
Lee Janzen
-2
73
71
70
214
T44
Corey Pavin
-1
72
73
70
215
T44
Billy Mayfair
-1
72
71
72
215
T44
Brian Cooper
-1
70
72
73
215
T47
Michael Allen
E
71
78
67
216
T47
David Frost
E
75
74
67
216
T47
Bart Bryant
E
72
74
70
216
T47
Tommy Armour III
E
73
69
74
216
T51
Jerry Smith
1
74
74
69
217
T51
Mark Brooks
1
73
75
69
217
T51
Fred Funk
1
74
73
70
217
T51
Larry Mize
1
74
72
71
217
T51
John Huston
1
73
71
73
217
T51
Esteban Toledo
1
70
73
74
217
T51
Jeff Sluman
1
73
71
73
217
T51
Kent Jones
1
68
73
76
217
T59
Brad Bryant
2
76
72
70
218
T59
Michael Bradley
2
74
74
70
218
T59
Greg Kraft
2
76
71
71
218
T59
Gavin Coles
2
71
74
73
218
T59
Gene Sauers
2
73
72
73
218
T59
Doug Garwood
2
73
70
75
218
T59
Stephen Leaney
2
69
71
78
218
66
Tom Byrum
3
71
75
73
219
T67
Dan Forsman
4
74
75
71
220
T67
Carlos Franco
4
73
76
71
220
T67
Mark Calcavecchia
4
74
73
73
220
T67
Blaine McCallister
4
71
73
76
220
T71
Cliff Kresge
5
75
74
72
221
T71
Kevin Baker
5
72
75
74
221
T71
Roger Rowland
5
72
75
74
221
T74
Russ Cochran
7
77
73
73
223
T74
Steve Pate
7
71
77
75
223
76
Steve Jones
10
75
74
77
226
77
Mike Hulbert
13
74
78
77
229
WD
Wayne Levi
E
78
78