Insperity Invitational - R2

McCarron takes 3-stroke lead into final day

May 03-05
The Woodlands CC, The Woodlands, Texas
$2,200,000
Round 1, Round 3


Scott McCarron took a three-stroke lead Saturday in the PGA Tour Champions’ Insperity Invitational, overcoming a stiff neck to complete a 5-under 67 in the storm-delayed first round and shoot a 65 in the second.


The 53-year-old McCarron was afraid the neck problem might prevent him from playing.

”I woke up this morning and went to dry my hair and my neck just tightened right up,” McCarron said. ”It was almost like Chevy Chase when he stuck his fingers in the car door. I was like, ‘I didn’t do that.’

”I knew I was going to have to play a lot of holes today, so I wasn’t even sure I was going to be able to go. I went in the fitness trailer and they kind of loosened it up a little bit, but it was bothering me all day. But I think I was more just thinking about keeping it loose and wasn’t really thinking too much about score. And lo and behold, I played pretty good.”

McCarron was in the middle of his second hole Friday when lightning and heavy rain wiped out most of the play at The Woodlands Country Club. He won the Mitsubishi Electric Classic two weeks ago in Georgia for his ninth senior title.

”It’s a long day,” McCarron said. ”The day before, I three-putted No. 10 from about 40 feet, missed like a 3-footer, then almost missed the next one, so it was kind of nice that we didn’t have to play anymore. I kind of figured some things out, and putted a little bit.”

Paul Goydos and Scott Parel were tied for second.

Goydos shot 68-67 after only playing two shots Friday.

”Hopefully, going to have a nice day tomorrow,” Goydos said. ”But I think if he (McCarron) goes out and shoots 5- or 6-under par like he did today, kind of a moot point.”


Parel shot 67-68, playing 32 holes Saturday.

”For all the rain we got, I was surprised at how good it really was,” Parel said. ”It was very wet, and there were definitely places you could not find some dry spots. But all in all, I thought it held up pretty darn good.”

Colin Montgomerie was 8 under after two 68s. He started play Saturday with a par putt on his fourth hole.

”It’s a very long day for us, but at the same time the course has dried out remarkably since this morning,” Montgomerie said. ”They squeegeed the driving range, it was under water, so they’ve done a great job. Everyone’s done a great job to get us around and back on schedule.”

Bernhard Langer, the winner last year for his fourth title in the event, was tied for 11th at 5 under after rounds of 69 and 70.


Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
Total
1
Scott McCarron
-12
67
65
132
T2
Scott Parel
-9
67
68
135
T2
Paul Goydos
-9
68
67
135
4
Colin Montgomerie
-8
68
68
136
T5
Lee Janzen
-7
70
67
137
T5
Kent Jones
-7
68
69
137
T5
Marco Dawson
-7
72
65
137
T5
Jerry Kelly
-7
69
68
137
T9
Mark McNulty
-6
71
67
138
T9
Tom Lehman
-6
67
71
138
T11
Michael Bradley
-5
71
68
139
T11
Billy Mayfair
-5
68
71
139
T11
Bernhard Langer
-5
69
70
139
T11
Kenny Perry
-5
70
69
139
T15
Paul Lawrie
-4
70
70
140
T15
Jeff Maggert
-4
71
69
140
T15
Miguel Angel Jiménez
-4
69
71
140
T15
Ken Tanigawa
-4
68
72
140
T15
Vijay Singh
-4
70
70
140
T20
Retief Goosen
-3
71
70
141
T20
John Huston
-3
70
71
141
T20
Gene Sauers
-3
72
69
141
T20
David Toms
-3
72
69
141
T20
Steve Flesch
-3
69
72
141
T20
Kevin Sutherland
-3
72
69
141
T20
Bart Bryant
-3
69
72
141
T20
Kirk Triplett
-3
73
68
141
T28
Wes Short, Jr.
-2
70
72
142
T28
John Daly
-2
71
71
142
T28
Joe Durant
-2
71
71
142
T28
Clark Dennis
-2
69
73
142
T32
Tom Byrum
-1
74
69
143
T32
Tim Petrovic
-1
67
76
143
T32
Mark Brooks
-1
69
74
143
T32
Joey Sindelar
-1
72
71
143
T32
Billy Andrade
-1
74
69
143
T32
Willie Wood
-1
72
71
143
T32
Esteban Toledo
-1
70
73
143
T32
Darren Clarke
-1
70
73
143
T32
Glen Day
-1
68
75
143
T32
Brandt Jobe
-1
68
75
143
T32
Michael Allen
-1
72
71
143
T32
Mark O’Meara
-1
68
75
143
T44
Mike Goodes
E
73
71
144
T44
Shaun Micheel
E
71
73
144
T44
David Frost
E
69
75
144
T44
Blaine McCallister
E
74
70
144
T44
Russ Cochran
E
74
70
144
T44
Ken Duke
E
71
73
144
T44
Stephen Ames
E
70
74
144
T51
Jeff Sluman
1
74
71
145
T51
Tom Watson
1
70
75
145
T51
Jesper Parnevik
1
72
73
145
T51
Ian Woosnam
1
70
75
145
T51
Gibby Gilbert III
1
73
72
145
T56
Larry Mize
2
72
74
146
T56
Steve Pate
2
74
72
146
T56
Scott Verplank
2
73
73
146
T56
Tommy Armour III
2
70
76
146
T56
Chris DiMarco
2
74
72
146
T56
Duffy Waldorf
2
72
74
146
T62
Jerry Smith
3
71
76
147
T62
Olin Browne
3
74
73
147
T62
Barry Lane
3
70
77
147
T62
Jay Haas
3
72
75
147
66
Mark Calcavecchia
4
77
71
148
T67
José María Olazábal
5
73
76
149
T67
Woody Austin
5
74
75
149
T69
Corey Pavin
7
75
76
151
T69
Loren Roberts
7
74
77
151
T69
Tom Pernice Jr.
7
76
75
151
T69
Tom Kite
7
73
78
151
T69
Rocco Mediate
7
75
76
151
74
Fred Funk
9
77
76
153
T75
Bob Gilder
15
79
80
159
T75
John Harris
15
78
81
159
WD
Peter Jacobsen
75
75
WD
Scott Hoch
60
60